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The Modern Pantry

Anna Hansen
The Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry

  • Two Rosettes

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48 St John's Square
London
EC1V 4JJ
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Anna Hansen

Born in Canada to Kiwi parents – a mother of Danish origins and father with Belgian-Swiss heritage – she was raised in New Zealand by an extended family who prized respect for ingredients, homemade food and culinary creativity. Spending 'many happy hours' in the kitchen of her grandmother, a Danish immigrant who adapted her country’s recipes to the available ingredients, she grew up with vegetables growing in the back garden and chickens laying the family’s eggs.

A weekend job at a deli in Nelson, New Zealand, was her first cheffing inspiration, working as she did for 'an incredible Kiwi chef', Jill Stevenson. A degree in business management followed, but it was a spell travelling that saw her arrive in London in 1992. Ending up with a job dishwashing at Margot and Fergus Henderson’s first restaurant, the French House Dining Room, she excelled at her work and the food prep that went with it, and was offered a step up when another chef left. They offered to train her – 'they were so trusting, caring and nurturing' – and within six months she had been left in full control of the kitchen while they went away.

Anna Hansen