2 Michelin Star Chefs: James Knappett, chef patron, Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th October 2018

James Knappett is chef-patron of two Michelin-starred Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs.

Bubbledogs is a fun and unique concept which comapres gourmet hotdogs with grower champagnes selected by his wife and sommelier, Sandia Chang. The attached Kitchen Table is an intimate chef’s table and fine dining room where he weaves his technically astute and ever-changing culinary magic.

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

Kitchen Table

70 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QG

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7637 7770

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://kitchentablelondon.co.uk

Head chef: James Knappett

Restaurant manager and head sommelier: Sandia Chang

Opening hours: Dinner 6pm to 11pm; Closed Sunday to Tuesday

Instagram: @kitchentable1

Twitter: @bubbledogsKT

Instagram: @jknappett

Biography

James has worked in some of the industry’s most highly regarded kitchens for a slew of Michelin starred chefs. Having spent time working in the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant at Royal Hospital Road which has three stars in the Michelin Guide and at the Ledbury under Brett Graham and with Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, both of which have two Michelin stars. James was also part of the team that brought Keller’s French Laundry to Harrods for two weeks and has also worked alongside Rick Stein at his Padstow restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant.

James Knappett
James Knappett

He spent two years in the kitchen at Rene Redzepi’s Noma which was ranked Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and at Per Se in New York where he met his now wife and business partner, Sandia Chang.

Kitchen Table

James opened Kitchen Table in October 2012 which can be found at the back of Bubbledogs, which is a champagne and hotdog bar, and is managed by the same team. Guests are seated around the 19 seats in the kitchen. Each evening James Knappett and his team prepares a menu that represents the best products of the day.

James told The Staff Canteen: "We don’t know what the future holds but I guess I’d probably never do a 50-70 cover lunch, dinner, tasting menu and a la carte restaurant because I’ve done that; I’ve worked in that; I don’t want to run a restaurant like that; I like doing things slightly different and I’m just having fun now and enjoying it; so yeah, Kitchen Table is Kitchen Table on purpose and we don’t want it to be anything bigger."

Kitchen Table was awarded a Michelin star in 2014 and in 2017 they were awarded the Michelin Guide UK Welcome and Service Award 2018.

They received a second star in 2018 in the Michelin Guide UK 2019.

What the guides say...

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Food style

Many of James’ signature dishes take inspiration from his time spent at the likes of Noma and Per Se with a strong focus on British ingredients and flavours. James prides himself on using the best locally sourced produce spending a lot of his time foraging for his ingredients.

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"We try to use everything and we don’t have little rules like not using stuff past our sea border or anything like that. If it lives or grows in Britain, we’ll use it, but we might have three or four foreign ingredients on the menu at any one time, like a cheese from France or a pineapple for example. If we come up with a dish idea with pineapple, we’ll get a pineapple in.

What places like Noma and L’Enclume do is amazing but If every restaurant in the UK started doing that, to eat a frigging pineapple we’re all going to have to travel miles and there’ll be no pineapples left In the UK. Cook what you want. Be happy."

James's catchphrase ‘Love is food, keep eating’

"It’s just something I write when asked to sign something. I’ve been doing it since my young twenties. One of my biggest loves is food. Food makes people happy. How many great times have you had at a meal table – like sitting with your family at the dinner table sharing a beautiful Sunday roast? That’s love."

Videos with James Knappett: 

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th October 2018

2 Michelin Star Chefs: James Knappett, chef patron, Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs