Adam Simmonds, executive chef at The Capital in London, has told Boutique Hotelier of his drive to bring a Michelin star back to the hotel’s restaurant.
Simmonds joined the five-star hotel in June this year, a move that saw the executive chef role at The Capital brought back in house after six years working with a consultant.
Cornish chef Nathan Outlaw previously headed up the restaurant during this time, but departed his role in March 2019.
Outlaw’s at The Capital won a Michelin star in 2014, but lost it in October 2018 following the departure of head chef Tom Brown who left to open his own restaurant, Cornerstone in Hackney.
Past head chefs at the hotel have included Eric Chavot, Phillip Britten, Brian Turner and Richard Shepherd.
Now Simmonds has told Boutique Hotelier of plans to reclaim a Michelin star and follow in the footsteps of many famous chefs before him.
“I’ve had one (Michelin star) before twice, so now it’s about adding to that,” he says. “We need to get back to where it was before and hopefully more, and then build on it from there. With the right team, it’s all about the right team and that makes the whole thing work better. It’s all very positive and I’m excited.”
Simmonds joined the 49-bedroom, which is owned and operated by Warwick Hotels and Resorts, three months after leaving his position at the new Belmond Cadogan.
He explains that it was the history of The Capital that excited him about the role heading up the kitchen.
“It’s known for having great chefs and look where they have gone now,” he adds. “The building became a hotel in 1971, so it’s steeped in history. It’s had accolades before but hopefully I can build and exceed some of the reputation that’s gone before.”
As part of new position, Simmonds is working to ‘ensure the hotel’s restaurant maintains its position as one of the finest dining venues in London’ and has switched up suppliers, brought in new team members and introduced a new Autumn menu.
Simmonds has twice been recognised by Michelin, having been awarded a star at Ynyshir Hall in Wales in 2006 and Danesfield House in Marlow 2010.
Both stars were retained throughout his tenure at each establishment.
The Capital and The Levin became the first London establishments in the Warwick Hotels and Resorts portfolio when they were acquired from hotelier David Levin in 2017.