1 Michelin Star Chefs: Sam Kamienko, Head Chef, Leroy

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Editor 12th November 2018

Sam Kamienko is head chef of the one Michelin starred, Leroy.

The son of a chef, Sam Kamienko, is originally from Melbourne, Australia and has been cooking since he was 18. Sam started his cooking journey at Grossi Florentino, an Italian restaurant in Melbourne under Guy Grossi. 


credit: www.leroyshoreditch.com

18 Phipp St, London EC2A 4NU

Head Chef: Sam Kamienko

Sommelier: Ed Thaw and Jack Lewens

Tel: 020 7739 4443

Instagram: @leroyshoreditch

Twitter: @leroyshoreditch


From here he completed his apprenticeship with Andrew Mcconnell at his small modern European restaurant 3,1,2 in Carlton. He came to London in 2008 and worked at the Anchor and Hope and it was here Sam really learnt the philosophy of simple food.

Quail skewer credit: www.leroyshoreditch.com

He then travelled to NYC and worked in various restaurants including Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park and Gramercy Tavern.

Although NYC has an amazing restaurant scene and culture, Sam was really drawn to returning to Europe and fulfilling a dream to work in Paris and took a job at Le Verre Vole.


Sam became involved in Ellory after meeting Matthew Young at The Anchor and Hope and working side by side again at Mayfield’s.

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Restaurant James Sommerin, Michelin star restaurants, Michelin Guide 2018

Matthew opened Ellory with Jack Lewens and came Sam back to the UK to work as his sous-chef, Matthew departed about 8 months into the opening of the restaurant.

Sam was then offered the role of head chef at Ellory and Ed Thaw joined in as a director, tasked with the plan to turn Ellory around - Ellory won a Michelin star in 2016 and retained it in 2017. It closed in March 2018.


Leroy is a wine bar and restaurant in Shoreditch, from Sommeliers Ed Thaw and Jack Lewens and Chef Sam Kamienko, the team behind Michelin-starred Ellory.

Opened shortly after Ellory closed in March of 2018, Leroy was awarded a star in the 2019 Michelin guide.

Jeck Lewens%2C Ed Thaw and Sam Kamienko

Jeck Lesens, Sam Kamienko, and Ed Thaw 

credit Good Food Guide

The name is one of threesomes pet names from Ellory as people were unable to pronounce the name of the restaurant.

The restaurant aims for simplicity and flavour. Food that is thoughtful but not showy.

The Michelin Guide says: How can you not fall for a place where the first thing you see is a couple of shelves of vinyl? Putting all their experience to bear, the owners have created a restaurant with a relaxed, easy vibe and great food.

"The core ingredient shines through in every unshowy dish; there's little division between starters and main courses - just order a few dishes to share.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 12th November 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Sam Kamienko, Head Chef, Leroy