Moving here is like moving into a melting pot of culture and cuisine. This is the home of the celebrity chef and this unique manifestation was born and bred here with the rise to fame of chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes and Gordon Ramsay. There is no better way to experience the ultimate dining experience than by having an evening out at a celebrity chef restaurant. Londoners love eating out, and even more than the actual dining experience, they love reviewing the latest restaurants and bars with the aplomb of seasoned critics. Talking about who has been where recently and which celebrity was there is a massive deal for Londoners. You might as well take the plunge and experience some of the best celeb restaurants in the city as a part of your immersion process into life in London.
Jamie Oliver – The Naked Chef
This youthful and exuberant chef has made home cooking into an art, but Jamie has not let his celebrity go to his head. As part of his passion for food, Jamie has created a restaurant that trains young people in the business of running a restaurant. This endeavour has resulted in the restaurant ‘15’, which gives some of the profits to charity, so you will be able to give back while enjoying a great night out. Booking is essential, some months in advance even, so be prepared for a bit of a wait to get a table!
Gordon Ramsay – The ‘F-word’
A celebrity chef that made the ‘f’ word fashionable has created a culinary experience beyond compare with ‘Maze’. Gordon Ramsay has a number of restaurants throughout London and if you’re looking for a night out that you will always remember then you should try his restaurant at Claridges Hotel, which is one of the most fashionable and yet traditional hotels in London. You will have to wait months to get a booking at Maze, so book before you move to London, or well in advance if you want to treat visiting friends and relatives.
There is so much to be said for the way that these celebrity chefs have taken British cuisine into the public eye. Not only have they made it accessible to the public through their numerous books and television shows, they have raised the standard of cuisine around the city and that is always a good thing. If you are looking for something a little less fancy and perhaps more budget conscious then you will find excellent restaurants in all areas of London. There are even chains of popular American eateries if you are feeling a little homesick for a Mc’D’s cheeseburger and fries.