A culinary professional, Philip Howard is Head Chef and co-owner with Nigel Platts-Martin of The Square since it’s opening in 1991. Chef Howard keeps the fundamentals of classic dishes at the heart of his cooking style, combined with seasonal ingredients and brought together on the plate in a harmonious and elegant manner. The Square has two Michelin stars.

A degree in Microbiology from Kent University gives Howard a unique scientific perspective of the process of cooking and ingredients. His cooking style, however is focused entirely on flavour and the delivery of pleasure rather than innovation and the need to impress.

He opened his second restaurant, The Ledbury, in July 2005, also with Nigel Platts-Martin and Brett Graham, which also holds 2 Michelin stars. His third and fourth restaurants, Kitchen W8 and Sonnys Kitchen opened in 2008 and 2012 respectively, and are both in partnership with Rebecca Mascarenhas. Kitchen W8 holds 1 Michelin star.

Numerous personal accolades have followed from The Catey Award for Chef of the year, the AA Restaurant Guide Chef’s Chef of the year, The Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the year to most recently Restaurateur of the year at the 2011 Cateys.

Philip’s first book, The Square Cookbook, was published by Absolute Press in September 2012.

  • 2 Michelin Stars
  • Chef of the Year | The Catey Award
  • Chef’s Chef of the Year | AA Restaurant Guide
  • Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year | The Craft Guild of Chefs
  • Restaurateur of the Year, 2011 |The Catey Awards

The Square

6-10 Bruton Street

Mayfair, London



+44 (0) 20 7495 7100