After sixteen successful years, nine of those in London, and having retained two Michelin Stars, Claude Bosi closed the doors to his Hibiscus restaurant on Saturday 1st October 2016.
The renowned French chef is now preparing to open his new venture in spring 2017, opening Claude Bosi at Bibendum in South Kensington.
This historic and listed building, which was originally HQ for Michelin in 1911, became a much-loved restaurant, shop and office space in the mid 1980s. Sir Terence Conran and the late Lord Paul Hamlyn bought the iconic site and proceeded to open one of London’s best restaurants, nurturing a number of chefs who soon became well-known names.
Bibendum will undergo a full refurbishment after closing its doors in January 2017. Claude Bosi will continue to serve quality seafood on the ground floor while the oyster bar will transform into a cocktail bar. Claude will serve his recognised Michelin-starred food in the first floor dining room as well as recreating some signature Bibendum dishes. The restaurant will be open Wednesday to Sunday, while the ground floor will open its doors seven days a week.
What was your most moving culinary experience?
When I won my second Michelin star after I moved to London.
The most amusing kitchen incident you ever witnessed?
I was 14 years old. One day, at home, I decided to make some fried eggs. I mustn't have been thinking what I was doing. The kitchen was suddenly filled with thick black smoke. If I'd set fire to the house, my mother would have never ever let me cook for the rest of my life!
Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs?
Choose one recipe, learn it really well, and then make it your own by changing the ingredients a little. In short, play about with it!
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