It’s no secret London’s dining scene has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years, but with so many restaurants popping up it can be hard to see which chefs are here for the long run and who are already punching above their weight.
Worry not, with Elite Traveler‘s guide to the rising stars of the capital’s dining scene you’ll know the chefs who are set to be the next big thing.
Carlos Martinez – Chucs
As the former head chef at Maze by Gordon Ramsey, Carlos Martinez’s recent appointment as group head chef at Chucs came as a nice surprise. Taking the helm at the Italian mini-chain, Martinez was tasked with opening two new ventures for the restaurant group in his first three months. While the restaurant had already established itself as a mainstay in both Mayfair and Westbourne Grove, the opening of both a Harrod’s branch and a Serpentine Gallery eatery would prove to be a huge challenge. Not only would they both offer very different dining experiences to the chain’s two more ‘traditional’ venues, but they would also show the restaurant taking a somewhat more mainstream approach to dining. However, it’s safe to say Martinez has done a fantastic job of both venues. Not only do both restaurants have the look and feel of a Chucs, but they both offer slightly different menus befitting of their surroundings.
How Martinez takes Chucs beyond their two new venues is what is going to really set him apart, and as someone with such a prolific career Elite Traveler can really see him working wonders with the mini-Italian-chain.