Friend and multi-award-winning features journo Claire Coleman was kind enough to put me in touch with Zagat when their 30-under-30 circus rolled into town. Having already scoured Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago for the cream of young and up-and-coming chefs, it was London’s turn.
While British food was once ridiculed, London now attracts some of the world’s most creative and resourceful chefs. All tastes and wallets are accounted for – from fine-dining formality to tasty street food, from alchemical cocktails to quintessentially British gastropubs, London’s restaurants and bars are alive with new ideas.
I spent several intriguing hours talking to each of them about their background, interest in cooking and where they’re headed. With the youngest only 19 years old and among them several head chefs running their own restaurants at only 25, there’s some formidable talent and ambition among them.
For a click-through slideshow of portraits and interviews, head to Zagat’s blog.