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MasterChef: The Professionals finalist to open first restaurant

By Sophie Witts , 07-Feb-2017
Last updated on 07-Feb-2017 at 13:45 GMT2017-02-07T13:45:07Z

Tom Simmons to open London Bridge restaurant

Welsh chef Tom Simmons is to open his first restaurant in London this spring.

His eponymous restaurant will be the first to launch in the brand new One Tower Bridge development and will be open for brunch, lunch and evening service.

The menu will be influence by both British and French cuisine and will feature dishes such as braised ox cheek with pommes puree; and cockle popcorn with lavabread mayonnaise.

The 50-cover site will be spread over a mezzanine split-level with a design inspired by Simmons’ Welsh heritage.

“Eating fresh and with the seasons was a way of life for my family; much of my childhood was focused around food and nature,” says Simmons.

“Being surrounded by wonderful produce, and the joy I found in food and sharing it, is what first inspired me to become a chef.”

Simmons was the youngest competitor to reach the quarter-finals of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2011 and more recently headed up the kitchen at Wolfcastle Country Hotel in Pembrokeshire, where he was awarded two AA Rosettes.

Other restaurants opening at the One Tower Bridge development include Richard Caring’s The Ivy Brasserie.