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D&D London food development director opens French bistro

By Joe Lutrario & Emma Eversham , 27-Mar-2012

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Max Renzland, formerly food development director at D&D Restaurants, has opened a relaxed French bistro in Wanstead, north-east London.

Relaxed French style bistro Provender opened in Wanstead with Max Renzland behind the stove

Relaxed French style bistro Provender opened in Wanstead with Max Renzland behind the stove

The chef - who is still working two days a week for D&D on a consultancy basis - ran a number of highly-regarded neighbourhood bistros in the 1990s and this project is very much a return to those roots.

Called Provender, the 100-cover high street-set restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner six days a week serving simple French food, including salads, steaks and traditional main dishes such as Choucroute and Poulet a la Creme aux Morilles. 

"The food is French Bourgeois but we strike a balance between the luxurious and the humble and the prices are low," said Renzland. 

"We also have an exclusively French wine list with bottles starting at £15.50 sourced directly from small growers." 

Hands on

The style of the restaurant is relaxed and chic with much of the reclaimed furniture sourced by Renzland himself, lighting was found in a school for example. 

Renzland, who was food development director at D&D for six years, is head chef and owner. He has financial support from unnamed partners. 

"It's a joy to be back behind a stove," he said. "I'm very hands on, but I've also learned that it's very good to have a strong management team behind me which is what I have here." 

Renzland had hoped to set up a restaurant in another location in London last year, but went back to D&D London when plans fell through, before moving ahead with plans for Provender which opened two weeks ago. 

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