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Simon Rogan Named AA Chef of the Year


Congratulations to Simon Rogan on winning the coveted AA chef’s chef of the year award. There is no greater honour than to be recognised by one’s peers and is extremely proud to have sponsored this award. Simon is a singular talent and truly deserves this accolade. We applaud his success in realising his unique culinary vision and hope that this win serves as an inspiration to young, up and coming UK talent.

It was a night of great celebration for Simon Rogan last night when he was named AA Chef of the Year, sponsored by at the AA Hospitality Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.    This is a unique award that is one of the restaurant industry’s most sought-after accolades as it is presented to the chef voted ‘number one’ by their peers from over 2,000 restaurants with AA Rosettes.

Simon Rogan is a British chef who rose through the ranks with stints under Marco Pierre White, Keith Floyd, Jean Christophe Novelli and John Burton-Race.  Simon established his flagship restaurant L’Enclume in 2002 in Cartmel in Cumbrian which holds 5 AA Rosettes.  He is well known for his ‘foraging’ technique, which has been central to the success of L’Enclume along with the fruit and vegetables, chicken, sheep cattle and bees which are bred and cultivated on his own 12-acre farm.

Following the success on L’Enclume, Rogan went on to turn his adopted town of Cartmel into ‘Roganville’ through a series of other ventures which include Rogan and Company and the Pig and Whistle.  He also opened Roganic, a pop-up restaurant in London, The French and Mr Cooper’s House and Garden in Manchester and Aulis which is his research kitchen.

Simon Rogan has worked at an unprecedented level of innovation and technical skill for the past 15 years, and continues to strive for perfection, pushing the boundaries and exploring tastes and textures.  He is one of the most creative and dynamic chefs working in the UK today and his food has made an indelible impression on the country’s food scene, his influence is far-reaching.

Giovanna Grossi, AA Group Area Manager said, ‘I am delighted to see Simon recognised by his peers for this much sought after prestigious award. Simon is an incredibly talented, passionate, hardworking chef. What he has achieved up in Cartmel is truly amazing and to go on to develop two more outstanding restaurants in two fantastic hotels in key cities, allows so many more people the opportunity to sample his fantastic and unique style of food. The creation of a research and development kitchen where guests can actually enjoy new dishes as they are created, was ingenious and added to that the development of his farm near Cartmel has been a fantastic way to ensure a consistent standard of produce across all his operations. By winning this award, voted for by fellow Rosetted chefs, it is clear that Simon has not only inspired many up and coming younger chefs but he has also earned huge respect from his more established peers.’

Guests at the AA Hospitality Awards, hosted by Hugh Dennis, were treated to a gastronomic menu created by the 2015 AA Chefs’ Chef, Daniel Clifford.

All the winners will appear in the latest edition of the 2017 AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guides which were launched at the event. You can view all images of the night, here.