Olive Magazine have hunted down the top 17 chefs to look out for in 2017! These culinary masterminds will be making headlines this year with new restaurants, inspiring flavours and exciting creativity. Their top list includes new names, some stars and some old favourites and you can expect great things from them all…
Danni Barry (Deane’s Eipic, Belfast)
Michael Deane’s Howard Street restaurant complex is 20 years old this year, and as vibrant as ever. Head chef Danni Barry, who bagged a Michelin star for chic Eipic within 18 months of taking charge, is emerging as one of the UK’s foremost talents.
Clare Smyth (London)
Holding three Michelin stars for almost a decade for Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, Clare is now striking out on her own. Details are still a little sketchy but keep an eye on Notting Hill this spring.
Saiphin Moore (Lao Café, London WC2)
You may know Saiphin’s mini-chain, Rosa’s Thai, but her new Covent Garden Lao Café is an exploration of Laotian cooking and the city of Luang Prabang. Try the adventurous ants’ egg curry!
Marianna Leivaditaki (Morito Hackney Road, London E2)
Moro’s Moorish Spanish cooking takes on an Eastern Mediterranean flavour at its Hackney Road offspring. Try Marianna’s recipes at olivemagazine.com – search for ajo blanco.
Monica Galetti (Mere, London W1)
Mere (pronounced ‘Mary’) is the MasterChef star’s collaboration with sommelier husband, David. About to open in Fitzrovia, it sounds more relaxed than Monica’s alma mater, Le Gavroche.
Shaun Hurrell (Barrio Comida, Newcastle)
“The name means ‘neighbourhood food’ in incorrect Spanish; a nod to the fact I’m a white guy cooking Mexican food,” explains Shaun. The Californian came to the UK to hone his culinary skills in high-end kitchens, but now at Barrio he’s serving tacos and specials such as pozole stew. Head down for the fresh corn tortillas and tequila cocktails.
Luke Cockerill (The Rabbit in the Moon, Manchester)
The Rabbit in the Moon is the spin-off from Michael O’Hare’s acclaimed The Man Behind The Curtain, and his protégé Luke Cockerill has taken the head chef spot. Part of the National Football Museum, the imminent Rabbit will serve a 20-course space age Asian tasting menu.
Neil Bentinck (Skosh, York)
Eating out in York can be staid but, at Skosh, think clever small plates, open-kitchen, lively hubbub. The food at Skosh is, while pin-sharp in its execution, a fun, freewheeling global mash-up.
Ben Marks (Perilla, London N16)
Now 24, Ben learned his trade in the high temples of gastronomy. However, Perilla, the Newington Green newcomer has a far more informal feel. The food embodies Ben’s ethos; “Taking humble, quality ingredients and thinking of new ways to serve them.”
Claude Bosi (Bibendum, London SW3)
After closing Hibiscus, this is a fascinating left turn for the French trailblazer. Housed in an iconic Art Deco building, Bibendum was made famous by the chef/cookery writer, Simon Hopkinson and Hoppy’s classics such as fish soup and steak tartare will be revisited. Bibendum opens in spring 2017.
Ben Chapman (Kiln, London W1)
A self-taught chef, ben describes his first venue – the BBQ joint-cum-dive bar, Smoking Goat – as a “baptism of fire”. High quality ingredients are fundamental to these dishes!
Tom Griffiths (The Burgundy Rooms, Brighton)
“I wanted to bring nose-to-tail to Brighton because it’s imperative to the future of cooking,” says Tom. In spring, Tom will relaunch at the Burgundy Rooms, a new platform, that will host long-term residencies from food’s rising stars.
Scott Goss (The Twenty Six, Tunbridge Wells)
“The Twenty Six is my test kitchen and there are no rules,” says Scott, who worked with Gary Rhodes and Anton Edelmann before returning to his native Kent. Its curtains drawn against the chill and the log-burner stoked, Twenty Six takes on a secret-society atmosphere in winter.
Mike Burgoyne (The Whitehouse, Lochaline, Scotland)
After years of cooking in London, a chance meeting with Whitehouse owners, Sarah Jones and Jane Stuart-Smith, led, in 2011, to Mike relocating to the beautiful remote Morvern peninsula in the Scottish Highlands. Fans have to catch a ferry to this pretty dining room where they can feast on local produce such as scallops and rabbit.
Robby Jenks (The Vineyard, Berkshire)
Anyone worried that luxurious country house fine dining is in danger of being swept away by a wave of craft beer and gochujang will love Robby Jenks. The 20-year-old spent 2016 refreshing the Vineyard menus to create the kind of ambitious, intricate, Michelin-courting dishes which, at their best, can still offer, as Robby puts it, “an unforgettable experience.”
Sam Buckley (Where the Light Gets In, Stockport)
WTLGI is largely handmade, right down to its spoons, and this novel space – a stripped back warehouse dining room with a radical, totally open kitchen – serves a no-choice £65 dinner menu of ingredients sourced from a bespoke supply chain.
Elliot Lidstone (Box-E, Bristol)
At Box-E, Elliot and his wife Tessa have created a restaurant which in every detail is their personal vision. Elliot’s seasonal, modern British food is technically elevated but approachable and the couple want Box-E to be somewhere where they can share their enthusiasm for everything from making bread to quince vodka.
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