The French, the Midland’s landmark restaurant founded in 1903, will continue to be run by head chef Adam Reid, after the news that Simon Rogan will be splitting from the contract. It will be re-launched under his flag in January.
Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, the more casual option, will also be run by its current head chef, Robert Taylor, who joined from nearby Manchester House in March.
The French again failed to achieve a star, Rogan’s stated ambition, at the Michelin awards earlier this month. Known for his technical brilliance, Two-star chef Simon Rogan is one of the most exciting and innovative chefs in the UK today. His restaurants include L’Enclume in Cumbria and Roganic in London. Simon uses ingredients farmed on the grounds of L’Enclume, including herbs, flowers, vegetables and other foraged produce.
Commentary in the Harden’s Survey has been mixed for both restaurants, althoughThe French has earned praise for “innovative and immensely flavourful” food and Mr Cooper’s for “world-class cooking”.
Winner of this year’s AA Chef of The Year Award,Rogan says he will now concentrate his efforts on L’Enclume, his “stunning” headquarters, and Rogan & Co, both in Cartmel, Cumbria, and Fera at Claridge’s in Mayfair.
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