In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
The Dish: Monica Galetti
A formidable figure in the world of food, Monica Galetti, former sous chef of Le Gavroche, opened her debut venture Mere last year, where she plates up dishes that deftly combine her training in classical French cooking with her Samoan heritage alongside a stellar wine list.
The Dish: Stevie Parle
Stevie Parle is the chef-owner of Italian restaurants Pastaio, Rotorino and Palatino in Soho, Dalston and Clerkenwell, and Modern British venue Craft London in Greenwich. Before opening Dock Kitchen in 2009 aged just 24, he cut his culinary teeth at The River Café, Moro and Petersham Nurseries in London, and April Bloomfield’s Spotted Pig in New York. During these stints he spent his spare time travelling extensively through Asia, Europe and the Middle East – an experience that continues to shape his cuisine today.
The Dish: Clause Bosi, Bibendum
Claude Bosi joined Terence Conran’s revamped Bibendum in 2017, swiftly winning two Michelin stars for his contemporary French cuisine. Here, the chef reveals his favourite restaurants, and why in another life he might have been a carpenter.
The Dish: Michel Roux Jr
The face of a culinary dynasty, Michel Roux Jr was born in Pembury, Kent, where his father Albert Roux worked as a private chef