With Theo Randall’s career including experience in some of London’s most prestigious locations as well as Chez Panisse in California, it’s vital to note that – prior to opening up his own first solo venture – he secured his reputation as head chef at The River Cafe, responsible for bringing the flavours of high-end and yet rustic-influenced Italian cooking to a delighted London crowd. This has led him to be called ‘the most famous chef you’ve never heard of’.
Randall looks across Italy for his influences and makes sure that the dishes produced are of the absolute highest quality in terms of ingredients and technique. With an emphasis on ‘simple, rustic, seasonal’ cuisine which – following his departure from the River Cafe in 2006, sent him travelling round Italy in search of new flavours and styles – Randall transformed the way that we look at Italian food.</p>
While running the kitchen at The River Cafe, he saw it acquire its Michelin star; his new venture has been praised in similar terms to that gastronomic institution. As Randall says, ‘good food is one of life’s simple pleasures’.</p>
Simplicity is key in his style, but the broad variety of tastes and techniques in Italy leads him to blend and marry some elements in dazzling fashion. Dishes are led by the sheer quality of the ingredients used, while his invention shows itself in the pairing of smoked eel with yellow and red beets, or the addition of pancetta and slow-cooked peas to wood-roasted pigeon on bruschetta.<br />
Theo has contributed recipes for the second <a href="http://greatbritishchefs.com/the-app" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">Great British Chefs app</a> our favourite being a spatchcock chicken roasted on bruschetta with cavolo nero, pancetta and porcini mushrooms.</p>
<a href="http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/articles/qas-with-theo-randall " target="_blank">Delicious Magazine</a></p>
<a href="http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaurants/london/view/84184/Theo_Randall_at_the_Intercontinental_Hotel" target="_blank">Square Meal</a></p>
Theo Randall at The InterContinental
Theo Randall ex-head chef at the River Café - the much-loved waterside Italian which was opened by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers in 1987 - has opened up this restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel near Park Lane.
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