Hélène Darroze eyes 'more casual' London venue

By Laura Price

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Hélène Darroze says she'd like a more informal restaurant in London. Photo: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and onEdition Photography
Hélène Darroze says she'd like a more informal restaurant in London. Photo: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and onEdition Photography

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Hélène Darroze has revealed her desire to open a number of new restaurants in the coming years, including a more casual place in London. 

In an exclusive interview, the French chef, who was officially crowned the Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef​ this month, said she dreamt of having a more informal restaurant in London, to complement her two Michelin-starred eponymous fine-dining restaurant in the Connaught hotel, as well as one across The Pond.

"For the moment I have two dreams," she said. "I would love to do something more casual in London, to give my interpretation of bistronomie, and secondly - something I've wanted for ever - to open a place in New York." 

Both dreams are very much at the initial stages, but Darroze says she's taking steps to develop them. "I just came back from New York and it's incredible to see what's happening around French cuisine there at the moment. 

"There are so many places opening in New York based on the French bistros and brasserie styles. Even the ones that open with an American twist are completely inspired by French bistros or brasseries."

For the full interview with Hélène Darroze, see the June edition of Restaurant magazine, out today. Subscribe here​, or read the digital edition here​. 

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