Chef Adam Simmonds last night unveiled his new restaurant offering at The Capital, five months after joining the luxury London hotel as executive chef.
Simmonds has revamped the entire F&B operation across the business, from breakfast to lunch and through to dinner service, introducing a style that is ‘fresh, light and full of British flavour’.
He was appointed to head up the kitchen in June, in a move that brought the role 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.
At the event last night, which saw guests from the media world sample delights from Simmonds’ new a la carte menu, Simmonds admitted he had ‘big shoes to fill’ in taking over the position of executive chef.
Past head chefs at the hotel have included Eric Chavot, Phillip Britten, Brian Turner and Richard Shepherd.
“Firstly, it’s about building the team,” he says. “We have some fantastic guys here and it’s about educating them on how we cook and ensuring they have a good grounding, so we investing heavily in staff.
“The menu will be our take on British flavours, rooted in classic, seeing as we are traditionally British hotel. We will endeavour for our menus to use 60%-70% British produce, but if we can’t find the right quality in this country then we won’t be afraid to go further afield,” he adds.
Earlier this year Simmonds 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.
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.