Savoy Grill appoints former MasterChef contestant as Head Chef

The Savoy Grill is set to soon have a woman running the kitchen for the first time in its 126 year history.
The Head Chefs job at the restaurant, which is owned by the Gordon Ramsay Group, has gone to Kim Woodward, who starred in the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals in 2011, where she reached the semi-finals.
She was recruited from within the Ramsay Group which she joined in 2007 as Junior Sous Chef at Boxwood Café, while she most recently held the role of Head Chef at Ramsay’s York and Albany in Camden.
She also previously worked in the Savoy Grill kitchen as part of its re-launch in 2010 under Executive Chef Stuart Gillies.
Speaking about her new role, Woodward said: “It is an absolute honour for me to be the Head Chef here in one of London’s most iconic restaurants. Obviously there is so much history here, and the people who come through the door come here for the classic dishes the Savoy Grill is famous for.”
The restaurant has been home to various high profile Chefs throughout the years, including Auguste Escoffier, as well as August Laplanche between 1946 and 1965, Silvino Trompetto from 1965 to 1980 and Anton Edelmann from 1982 up until 2003. After this, the restaurant was taken over by Gordon Ramsay, with Marcus Wareing securing it a Michelin star.
Another Chef recently making the news was Nuno Mendes who is set to open a new restaurant in London’s Old Spitalfields Market.
The Portuguese Chef, who won a Michelin star at Viajante before it closed last spring, became famous for his Chiltern Firehouse restaurant which soon found a celebrity following.
The new Taberna do Mercado restaurant is set to have a soft opening early next month with a week of discounted meals and will seat around 40 diners at a time. It is expected to have an informal feel and will serve an all day menu consisting largely of Portuguese produce and wine.
By Owen Mckeon
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