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

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

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

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

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.

These include Gordon Ramsay’s three Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant at Royal Hospital Road,  the now-defunct, two Michelin-starred restaurant, The Ledbury, with chef Brett Graham, and finally, with one Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley.

James was also part of the team that brought Napa Valley chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry to Harrods for two weeks and has also worked alongside Rick Stein at his Padstow restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant.

He spent two years in the kitchen at Rene Redzepi’s Noma, followed by a stint 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.

Guests are seated around the 19 seats in the kitchen located at the back of the venue. Each evening, James Knappett and his team prepares a menu that showcases the best product they have had delivered on the day.

In an interview with The Staff Canteen, James explained that he didn't wish for his restaurant to serve 50-70 people, like many other high-level kitchens do.

"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 the 2015 guide, and was later awarded the Michelin Guide UK Welcome and Service Award 2018.

James, Sandia and team received a second star 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, often foraging for ingredients.

"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."

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Editor 7th January 2021

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