Acclaimed French chef to open ‘more casual’ site within The Connaught next year

Acclaimed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who heads up a number of Michelin starred restaurants around the world, is to return to London and open a new more casual eatery within luxury London hotel, The Connaught.

The chef, who boasts a three Michelin star restaurant in New York, will head up the new venture after his UK outpost of his pan-Asian Spice Market concept at W Hotel London closed earlier this year.

The new restaurant, which is yet to be named, will be designed to be more casual than Vongerichten’s other fine dining establishments and will join The Connaught’s existing two Michelin-starred restaurant from Hélène Darroze, another acclaimed French chef with a global portfolio of restaurants.

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Vongerichten’s eatery will sit at the front of the hotel and will service breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Included in his worldwide reputation are a few previous London stints, including a year at 90 Park Lane restaurant in the 1980s, and his management of Vong restaurant at The Berkeley between 1995 and 2002.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Vongerichten said: “I hope to create a new restaurant at The Connaught that reflects both my signature farm to table cooking style but with a few surprises.”

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