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The Great British Chefs Restaurants and Recipes
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We were very impressed with Simon Rogan Presentation at the Centre Stage in The Restaurant Show in EarlsCourt. Although we were distracted number of times with Visitors asking about our products, we still managed to hear his presentation and right at the end; I had a little chat with Simon at the end of the show and gave a big sample bottle of our 'Saffron Olive Oil'.  We are hoping he would have a chance to experiment and add a great menu based on this to his great menu.

Rogan and partner Penny Tapsell opened the now famous L'Enclume in 2003. Within a year, they had been awarded a Michelin star, a Newcomer of the Year Catey and a rarely awarded 10 out of 10 from the Times restaurant critic Giles Coren. Last year L'Enclume was awarded the AA's top award of five rosettes for it's "groundbreaking cuisine that is inventive and innovative". Later Rogan, who opened his second restaurant, Rogan & Company, located minutes from L'Enclume in 2008, first hinted of his intention to open a restaurant in the South of England in 2006. He told Caterer then: "I want more people to sample my food," he said. "It seems you get success and recognition a lot quicker in the South."

Recently the Michelin-starred chef opened a "two-year pop-up" restaurant in London. Simon critically acclaimed L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel, Cumbria, move to  a site in Marylebone london was a big challenge considering the distances.  In April, Rogan took over a remaining two-year lease on the site on Blandford Street, which was previously occupied by Michael Moore, and is thus calling the restaurant a "two-year pop-up".

Simon Rogan is best known in the U.K. food world as an innovative and slightly quirky chef, a unique talent going his own way at L’Enclume, a restaurant in the Lake District of northern England. It required a visit from Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in their BBC series “The Trip” to put Rogan, 43, on the map for a broad audience. The comedians took over L’Enclume for two days, hired extras to play fellow diners and improvised around the menu, including a green-hued aperitif they compared to mucus.

simon's enclume
Simon says “We’ve always been classed as the Heston Blumenthal of the north,” Rogan said, referring to the chef at the Fat Duck. “But we’re very different. Yes, we use the techniques but we’re not throwing liquid nitrogen in people’s faces. It would probably freeze their faces off,” he said, and started laughing. “We keep things a lot more subtle.”

The wonderful L’Enclume, is in the pretty village of Cartmel, was named Best U.K. Restaurant 2010 in the BMW Square Meal awards and Rogan is hoping to repeat the success with opening in London. This challenging undertaking had forced Simon in the past year  to travel hundreds of miles each week to visit potential sites. However, mostly he found that they have been snapped up by other chefs. SouthEast traditionally has been defying the recession with property market still moving upwards where up north has suffered a little more.

Last year Simon reported saying in Bloomberg “We don’t get much international exposure,” he said, citing the World’s 50 Best restaurant awards. “Unless you’re in London, forget it. Because it’s the center of media and where things are at, then obviously if you want your name up in lights and you want to feed your ego that’s where you need to be.”

There is a great interview at Caterersearch.com in June 2011 where he talks about the pop-up restaurant. Where he discusses how the Pop-up Restaurant scene is never short of surprises; it's the nature of the beast and how Simon  surprised all with the news that how an established operator with Michelin-starred L'Enclume, decided to join the party with a two-year tasting menu restaurant in London. He tells Hilary Armstrong about "extended pop-up" Roganic.

Simon has an innovative approach to cooking, marrying ground-breaking techniques with obsessional detail to food sourcing; (culminating in his taking on a six hectare farm) has won him plaudits from critics and rosettes and stars aplenty from the AA and Michelin.

simon's new restaurant

Everyone has been very happy that Simon the Southampton-born chef is moving southwards, testing the waters firstly, with a two-year lease on a property on Blandford Street he’s calling Roganic. Where, Rogan himself won’t be in charge – that’s down to head Chef Ben Spalding (previously at L’Autre Pied and Rhodes W1) who’s making the move from Cumbria. Check out this article by Hot Dinners where they caught up with Rogan to find out his plans for the Marylebone restaurant and to see if this means he’s had enough of country life.

Reviews: Fine-Dining-Guid
The Telegraph:
The Guardian
The Critical Couple
Cambriafoodie

Web: www.lenclume.co.uk/
CUISINE: French, Gourmet, Modern
ADDRESS: Cavendish Street, Cartmel, nr Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6PZ [Map]
AVG. PRICE: Lunch: £40.00   Dinner: £70.00
Fixed Lunch: £25 (3 courses), Fixed Dinner: £50 (8 courses)

Watch Simon, as he cooks Milk Fed Lamb, for more great videos



Simon Rogan at L'Enclume. just before opening his third restaurant 'Roganics', in London talking about the challenges of opening yet another venue, what one might expect from Roganics in terms of value, menu and cooking style, and what where his plans for the future.

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