Born in the UK, Woodward started her career at 18, when she moved to the US for a culinary internship, which led to her spending five years at Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri.
After returning to the UK she joined Gordon Ramsay Group, starting out as junior sous chef at Boxwood Café. Subsequent appointments within Gordon Ramsay Group included roles at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, York & Albany and in 2015 she was named as the first ever female head chef in the Savoy Grill’s 126-year history.
She says her menus will be seasonal with ingredients sourced from both the UK and mainland Europe.
The Southbank restaurant was previously helmed by Helena Puolakka, who recently launched Aster in Victoria, also operated by D&D.