Simon Rogan, who owns the renowned L’Eclume in the Lake District, has been named as Gordon Ramsay’s replacement to run Claridge’s hotel restaurant, the Evening Standard has revealed.
The two Michelin-starred chef, known for his love of foraging in hedgerows for ingredients, is said to have beaten off competition from some of the industry’s top names.
The 45 year old told the newspaper that the restaurant is slated to open in April or May 2013, with a major change of direction after its 12 year association with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay ended this summer.
He told the Standard: "Hopefully we will come up with something that is typically Simon Rogan but that is Mayfair not Cumbria and reflects the timelessness and history of Claridge’s. We want to establish a world-class restaurant and aim to emulate everything we’ve achieved at L’Enclume and more, it’s a massive challenge.”
Chefs rumoured to be favourites for the role included French chef Helene Darroze, who runs the restaurant at Claridge’s sister hotel The Connaught, Rene Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma, and Ramsay protegee Marcus Wareing
Rogan said: "There was never any question about what I would do once I got the call from Thomas [Kochs, GM of Claridge’s]. It’s real ‘pinch yourself’ material. It’s like playing for Real Madrid and then getting signed for Barcelona but being allowed to play for both teams. To jump in the cab at Euston and say “take me to Claridge’s” is something I never get tired of.
“They want me to leave a legacy; a restaurant to go on long after Simon Rogan has hung up his apron and retired. We couldn’t be more different to Gordon Ramsay,” he added.