Former Murano Head Chef moves to new restaurant

The former Head Chef at the Michelin-starred Murano restaurant is set to lead the kitchen at a new venture in London next spring.
Diego Cardoso will take on the role of Head Chef at the Percy & Founders restaurant, which will be set within Fitzroy Place in Fitzrovia on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital.
Cardoso’s career has seen him rise from being Sous Chef at the Connaught and Head Chef at Cielo by Angela Hartnett, before taking the Head Chef job at Hartnett’s Murano restaurant.
The new establishment is named after Hugh Percy, the Duke of Northumberland, and the team that founded the hospital in 1975.
It is being launched by Open House, a sister company of Cubitt House, which also runs other sites in Belgravia, Pimlico, Marylebone and Knightsbridge including The Orange, The Grazing Goat, The Pantechnicon and The Thomas Cubitt.
Due to launch in March 2015, Percy & Founders will be an all day restaurant seating 200 and serving British and European influenced breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In other Head Chef job news, London restaurant Coq d’Argent announced recently that it had put Damien Rigollet in charge of its kitchen.
The move will see Rigollet promoted from his role as Executive Sous Chef, which he has held for the past year after joining the restaurant in 2005 as its Sous Chef.
He has also spent time working in London at high profile French restaurants including The Bleeding Heart, Le Gastro and Le Boudin Blanc and worked as an apprentice at the Michelin starred Hostellerie Blanche de Castille in Dourdan while gaining an undergraduate diploma.
Taking over from Mickael Weiss, Rigollet’s menu will have an emphasis on French meat and classic seafood dishes, and will feature the likes of glazed pork cheek with red wine, Chateaubriand double fillet and Homard whole lobster, and a dessert of poached pear with frozen vanilla parfait and hot chocolate sauce.
By Owen Mckeon
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