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D&D London food development director opens French bistro

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

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

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.