Inside this week: Alain Ducasse, Bo London and a spot of Jenius
Renowned chef Alain Ducasse (pictured) is to open his second London restaurant this Spring, in the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge. The restaurant will be called Rivea London and will serve a mix of French and Italian cuisines. Ducasse already runs a three Michelin-starred restaurant in The Dorchester Hotel, one of only two restaurants in London to achieve such an accolade.
We reported last week that Alvin Leung's experimental Chinese restaurant Bo London in Mayfair had shut. It has since transpired that a water leak was the reason for the closure, and that the restaurant will re-open once repairs have been carried out. Strangely, no idea of timescale has been given, and stories of uninformed diners with bookings turning up to find the restaurant shut, plus the lack of any signage to explain the situation add to the mystery.
Moving on from MasterChef
Two Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr, who runs Mayfair's Le Gavroche restaurant, has announced that he will not work with the BBC for the "foreseeable future". This brings to an end his six-year run as presenter on MasterChef The Professionals. "It’s not for lack of trying, but sometimes negotiating with the BBC can be a frustrating process, and there are times when I have wondered if the Corporation understands the realities of today’s commercial world," he said in a statement that sounds to us a lot like he wanted a bit more money than was being offered.
The son of restaurateur Terence Conran is to shortly launch a 12 month pop-up on Westbourne Grove, named New Tom's. Described as serving 'avant-garde modern cuisine', it will be a bistro-style all-day eatery. Tom Conran will be joined on the project by chef Tom Straker who has worked at restaurants including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
A new restaurant and social hub will open in Islington in May. Called Jenius Social, it will include a deli and cookery shop, and will also play host to supperclubs, cookery demos and lessons.
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