Simon Rogan, L’Enclume, The French

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Simon Rogan

Simon Rogan discusses his role as Restauranter/Chef patron at Various and his own inspirations with regards to pursuing a career as a Chef.

Name: Simon Rogan

Place of work: Various

Role: Restauranter/Chef patron

Bio: Southampton-born Simon Rogan began his career mentored by some of the restaurant world’s finest, including Marco Pierre White, Keith Floyd, Jean Christophe-Novelli and John Burton-Race. He opened up his own restaurant, L’Enclume, in 2002, and it has since earned two Michelin stars. Since then Simon has opened several more restaurants, a culinary research project and a pub.

Chef Skills

Simon Rogan takes us through his personal experiences whilst being in the Culinary Industry. These key skills that young Chefs and industry professionals learn as part of their basic training.

What advice would you give to aspiring Chefs?

It is very important for young Chefs to get a classical grounding to learn how to cook first, what you do after that and what path you follow is up to you.

What are your ultimate top tips for someone looking to start a career in the hospitality sector?

Parsnip, leek and smoked eel dish

 1. Have patience.

 2. Choose your career path carefully.

 3. Figure out where you want to go and then pick the people who are the best placed to give you the little bits you need to get there.

 4. Bide your time and learn first, things take time.

 5. It is hard work, you have to be passionate.

 6. You have to be really dedicated.

7. Don’t expect things too soon, take your time and learn as much as you can first.

8. If you have those things then it is the most exciting industry to be in.

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Editor 20th April 2017

Simon Rogan, L’Enclume, The French