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Former Young National Chef of the Year Ben Murphy to open first restaurant

By Sophie Witts , 18-Feb-2016
Last updated on 18-Feb-2016 at 17:50 GMT2016-02-18T17:50:17Z

Former Young National Chef of the Year Ben Murphy to open first restaurant

Former Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) winner Ben Murphy is to launch his first restaurant The Woodford in London on 1 March.

The twenty-five year-old chef is opening an ambitious sounding 100-cover restaurant in a four-storey Georgian residence in South Woodford.

It will feature an oyster and seafood bar, a dedicated grill offering classic British steaks, chops, Creedy Carver duck and Norfolk Black whole chicken, as well as a seven course tasting menu.

Murphy – who won YNCOTY in 2012 – has created a menu combining British ingredients with classic French techniques.

Dishes are set to include Lamb with aubergine and toasted peanut and a dessert of Olive oil cake with lemon thyme sorbet and buttermilk.

Murphy began his career working under Pierre Koffmann at the Berkeley for three years, before moving to France to work at the three Michelin-starred Les Pres d’Eugenie and Epicure at Le Bristol in Paris.

After winning YNCOTY the chef returned to London to join the kitchen at the two Michelin-starred Greenhouse in Mayfair.

The Woodford has the backing of Essex-based restaurateur Steve Andrews, founder of The Blue Group collection of hotels, bars and restaurants.

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