Elisabeth Passédat joins The Cleveland Arms as head chef

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MasterChef finalist to head up The Cleveland Arms London

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MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 contestant Elisabeth Passédat has been named head chef at The Cleveland Arms in London’s Paddington.

The 29-year-old, who made it to the quarter finals on last year’s series of the BBC show, joins from D&D London’s Aster restaurant.

She previously worked at Pierre Koffmann’s Koffmann’s at the Berkeley and as demi chef de partie at Claude Bosi’s now-closed Hibiscus in Mayfair.

Originally from Paris, Passédat’s menu will be rooted in traditional French cooking, with dishes to include a starter of breaded hen egg, British asparagus, parmesan and chives; a main of Barbary duck with hispi cabbage and cardamom jus; and an egg-free pavlova with tonka bean and summer berries for dessert.

Passédat says: “I’m really looking forward to creating a comforting and vibrant menu showcasing my favourite ingredients and French cooking-style, whilst introducing a handful of international influences, [including] from Asia and South America.”

The Cleveland Arms was renovated in 2014 and is recommended in the Michelin Guide, though it does not hold a star or Bib Gourmand.

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