2 Michelin Starred Chef
Great British Menu
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Described by many as a true culinary heavyweight, Simon Rogan and his partner Penny own L’Enclume, a restaurant with rooms, in the Lake District. After 3 years, it won its first Michelin star. L’Enclume has gone on to achieve many accolades a 10/10 rating and #1 ranking in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014; a second Michelin star in 2013; full five rosettes from the AA Restaurant Guide; ‘Best Restaurant’ in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013; ‘Best Restaurant in the North West’, 11th in the top 100 in the Sunday Times Food List 2012 and ‘BMW National Restaurant Award’ from Square Meal to name a few!
Over the past 25 years Simon has developed a distinctive, inventive cooking technique which is inspired by his love of home-grown British ingredients which has translated over the years into his hugely successful and ever expanding empire of restaurants.
Simon's most recent opening is Aulis London. Aulis is a stand-alone dining destination, acting as the experimental hub for Simon and his team of chefs for Roganic. "Dining at Aulis involves complete surrender to the chef’s creativity, and aims to offer a truly uncompromising gastronomical experience." With just eight seats available, guests have the opportunity to book individual spaces or the table in its entirety to get an exclusive and personalised evening with the chefs, as they prepare and serve the multi-course dinner menus.
Simon’s culinary career started at 17 after which he worked for Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli on and off for eight years. During this period he also had stints with Marco Pierre White and John Burton-Race. His finishing school was two years spent in Paris at Lucas Carton under Chef Alain Senderens.
Simon held a 3 year residency at Claridge’s Hotel where he opened critically acclaimed restaurant Fera in 2014, within four short months of opening, Fera won a Michelin star. Simon left in April 2017 to work on the reopening of Roganic and setting up Aulis London.
Roganic was a ‘pop-up’ restaurant in Marylebone, London, which opened in June 2011 and ran for two years. Roganic won the ‘Square Meal/BMW Best New Restaurant’ in 2011 and was extraordinarily popular. Simon will be reopening Roganic in 2018.
In 2013 at the Catey Awards, Simon won the ‘Restaurateur of the Year Award’ and the ‘Chef Award’; he is the first to win both these awards in one year.
Simon also launched two restaurants in Manchester – The French, and a second dining room and bar, Mr. Coopers House & Garden. The opening of The French was captured in a 3 x 60 minute observational documentary for BBC2 called Restaurant Wars which highlighted the stresses and skill required to open a successful restaurant.
Simon is no stranger to television having appeared in the 2012’s BBC2 series of Great British Menu, winning one of the coveted four spots to cater for a banquet to honour British Olympic athletes. He was then a mentor on BBC’s MasterChef in 2013.