Updated 23/1/19 with confirmation
What: Davies and Brook
In a nutshell: Hugely influential NYC chef comes to iconic London hotel
Summing it all up: This sees Daniel Humm take over the main restaurant at Claridge's. With his Eleven Madison Park regularly touted as one of the very best restaurants in New York (not to mention topping the World's 50 Best list), the expectations for this London opening are sky-high.
We've been talking about this for about six months and now it's been confirmed - Daniel Humm, who's the chef behind New York restaurants Eleven Madison Park and NoMad is taking over the reins at Claridges. EMP is currently number four (and a previous number 1) on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. It'll be taking over from Fera, the restaurant that Simon Rogan launched.
Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara of Make It Nice Hospitality are the people in charge of the new restaurant, to be called Davies and Brook (after the two streets that Claridge's is on).
There's only a little info so far. First up, the restaurant is being designed by Brad Cloepfil from ‘Allied Works’ - and who only recently redesigned of Eleven Madison Park. Heading up the kitchen is Executive Chef Dmitri Magi, who was chef de cuisine at Eleven Madison Park. So they're clearly bringing their top people with them. They're going for "a fine dining restaurant without pretense that embraces the heritage of its location with a contemporary sensibility."
We already knew that Humm was a big fan of Claridge's - last year he told 1843 magazine that "One of the most special places for me to go for tea is Claridge’s in London. I would have the sandwich selection and the scones with clotted cream." And he's also on record telling The Telegraph; "I love London and the sense of British hospitality you feel at places such as at Claridge's."
On the opening, Humm said:
Having the opportunity to bring our cuisine and hospitality to the most storied hotel in the world is really a remarkable feeling and a dream come true” said Daniel. “But on a more personal level, this is my first time opening a restaurant in Europe, a place I left so many years ago to forge a career in America. Most people don’t know this, but I even worked at Claridge’s when I was 15 years only and it left an indelible mark on me. Claridge’s has always been a place I’ve felt connected to, so being able to come full circle Is really emotional and exciting – it feels likes coming home.
And, of course, Humm's name was also in the ring last time around before Fera was confirmed. The then General Manager Thomas Kochs (you'll probably recall him from the fabulous TV documentary) told trade title The Caterer that he was certainly in the mix. "It would have to be a chef and a restaurant that was completely new to London – someone like Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park in New York – but we are looking at many others."
Expect lots more news in the run-up to the opening.
More about the Davies and Brook at Claridge's
Where is it? Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
When is it opening? September 2019
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