1 Michelin Star Chefs: Marcus Wareing, Marcus

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th October 2018

Marcus Wareing is the chef owner of one Michelin-starred Marcus, The Berkeley.

Marcus Wareing held two stars from 2009 until 2018 when he lost a star in the Michelin Guide UK 2019. In March 2017 Marcus announced husband and wife, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund as joint chef patrons.

Marcus

Marcus

Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL

Tel: +44 (0)20 7235 1200

Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12–2:30pm, 6–10:30pm

Sunday Closed

Head Chef: Mark Froydenlund

Restaurant Manager: Michael Deschamps

Twitter: @MarcusBelgravia

Instagram: @marcusbelgravia

Facebook: MarcusBelgravia

Biography

Marcus Wareing was born in Southport, Merseyside and began his culinary journey with his father, at the age of 11 packing potatoes and riding alongside deliveries. Being the only boy in his economics class, Marcus was embarrassed, however it was clear that he had nothing to be embarrassed about with his natural talent it was clear from the start that he was destined for a culinary career.Marcus was first employed as a commis chef under chef Anton Edelmann at the Savoy Hotel in 1998 at the age of 18.

marcus wareing
Marcus Wareing

In 1993 he left to join Albert Roux at the Michelin starred Le Gavroche where he first met Gordon Ramsay. After working in a handful of restaurants in New York City, Amsterdam and at Gravetye Manor in Sussex, Marcus then joined Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine when it first opened in 1993. Under the wing of chef Gordon, Marcus became the sous chef and worked with him over the course of the following 15 years. 

Marcus Wareing’s career to date

During his time at L’Oranger, Marcus gave Angela Hartnett MBE her first job as a sous chef. After a few bumps in the road between Gordon Ramsay and A-Z restaurants over Marcus’s contract at L’Oranger, both Gordon and Marcus quit their former jobs and joined together to open Petrus in 1999.

Marcus took on the head chef position operating the restaurant on behalf of Gordon Ramsay Holding (GHR); several months after opening Marcus promptly regained his Michelin star status. The restaurant was moved into the Berkeley hotel in 2003 which replaced Pierre Koffmann’s La Tante Claire.  In the same year he became chef patron of the Grill Room at the Savoy Hotel. 

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley opened in 2008, Marcus Wareing Restaurants was founded. The group has since expanded and now comprises three restaurants.

In 2011 he opened his second restaurant The Gilbert Scott – St.Pancras Renaissance Hotel, in 2012 he helped launch Aalto a restaurant inside the Hotel La Tour in Birmingham, West Midlands. 

In September 2014, Wareing opened Tredwells in Upper St Martin's Lane, Seven Dials, London and the head chef is now Chantelle Nicholson.

Marcus Wareing’s accolades and awards

Over the years Marcus created a name for himself by winning many awards including Young Chef of the Year in 1995, his first Michelin star at the age of 25, and named Chef of the Year by Caterer and Hotelkeeper’s Catey Awards.The list of awards Marcus has received over the years is endless. With the help of Marcus, restaurant Petrus went on to be awarded two Michelin stars and 5 AA Rosettes, while the Savoy Grill achieved its first Michelin star in 2004.

Marcus then opened his own take on an American diner at the Savoy called Banquette, and converted the previous Petrus location into La Fleur.

Following awards include being voted Restaurateur of the Year at the Tatler Restaurant Awards in 2004, 4th Best Chef in London voted by Harden’s restaurant guide, his self-named restaurant won the Best Restaurant in London Award by Harden guide in 2008 and 2009, he was awarded every chef’s dream of reaching two Michelin stars in 2009 and was also named by magazine GQ as their Chef of the Year in 2009, Time Out’s Restaurant of the Year in 2010.

In 2018 Marcus lost his second star, tweeting: 

Marcus

Finally, after 10 years, over half a million people served by Marcus, 4 cookbooks, 5 AA Rosettes, and two Michelin stars, a new chapter began as he re-opened Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley in March 2014 following a stunning refurbishment, bringing a relaxed formality to the dining experience in a new, elegant and contemporary setting. 

In March 2017 he announced husband and wife, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund as joint chef patrons of the iconic Knightsbridge restaurant Marcus, at The Berkeley Hotel.

Marcus Wareing television appearances

In 2006, Marcus reached the banquet of the first series of BBC2’s Great British Menu for his dessert, custard tart with garibaldi biscuits. Since the seventh series of MasterChef: The Professionals, Marcus has been judge alongside fellow chef Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace. Marcus replaced Michel Roux Jr in 2014 who left the show due to "a conflict in commercial interests". 

Videos by Marcus Wareing:

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th October 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Marcus Wareing, Marcus