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Simon Rogan Chef/ Patron

Philosophy

Opening my own restaurant was my ultimate goal, but I also had a much broader vision centred around using the best ingredients, respecting the seasonality of produce and understanding where each component comes from and how it is grown. Initially, we wanted to work with a local farm to supply directly to the restaurant, but we soon took over the land and started running our own farm, now known as Our Farm.

Our Farm was built with a clear vision in mind: to develop a harmonious relationship between cooking and growing. Our chefs and growers work side-by-side to create the ingredients used in all of our restaurants. By growing the produce ourselves, we can better understand and place more control over the ingredients we use.

The ingredients used in our restaurants come from Our Farm as well as trusted, long-standing suppliers. It’s our intense commitment to fresh, local and seasonal produce that sets our food apart while ensuring a truly traceable dining experience. All our dishes showcase the tastes, textures and fragrances of the surrounding natural world.

I have always championed the farm to fork movement and it’s so refreshing to see it gaining such momentum in the UK and abroad as people are more understanding of their carbon footprint and the impact that imported foods have.

Cartmel

Cartmel is where it all started and is the home of my first restaurant L’Enclume, which I opened nearly 20 years ago.

We now own and operate our neighbourhood restaurant Rogan & Co, 16 bespoke bedrooms and suites, Our Farm, Aulis Cartmel - our development kitchen and chef's table, Our Shop and Simon Rogan at home from Cartmel, which is nestled in the heart of Cumbria and surrounded by rolling green fields.

Since then, the food scene in The Lake District is well established fellow award-winning restaurants and many passionate artisan suppliers.

London

Roganic first opened in 2011 in Marylebone as a two-year pop-up. In January 2018, five years later, Roganic returned to London, bringing elements of L’Enclume to the capital. Roganic will be moving to a new location once we have a better picture of the post-pandemic landscape.

Aulis London, our eight seat chef’s table opened in Soho in October 2017, offers a dynamic and interactive dining experience in which a series of dishes are cooked and explained in front of our guests.

We want to re-create the feeling of Cartmel within all our restaurants.

Timeline

2002
L’Enclume
Opening of L’Enclume in Cartmel
2005
First Michelin star
L’Enclume awarded it’s first star in the Great Britain & Ireland Michelin Guide
2008
Rogan & Company
Rogan & Company opened in Cartmel
2009
Our Farm
The establishment of our current farm.
2009
Aulis
Aulis – Simon’s research and development kitchen adjacent to L’Enclume opended
2010
Full Five Rosettes
Full five rosettes from the AA Guide for L’Enclume (kept ever since)
2011
Roganic
Roganic – a hugely successful two-year pop up restaurant in Marylebone (won Square Meal / BMW Best New Restaurant in 2011)
2012
Great British Menu
Simon appeared on Great British Menu, winning one of the coveted fours pots to cater for a banquet to honour British Olympic athlets
2013
Two Michelin Stars
L’Enclume awarded two Michelin Stars
2013
Observer Food
L’Enclume Restaurant as Best Restaurant in the Observer Food Monthly Awards
2013
Manchester
The French and Mr Cooper’s House & Garden opened in Manchester
2013
Decanter Magazine
The French won Restaurant of the Year from Decanter Magazine
2013
Award at the Cateys
Simon Rogan awarded Restaurateur of the Year and Chef of the Year Award at the Cateys (he was the first to win both these awards in one year)
2013
The French
Lancashire Life Food Awards – The French was awarded Manchester Restaurant of the Year
2013
MasterChef
Simon appears as mentor on MasterChef Series 9
2013
Achievement Award
Outstanding Achievement Award by Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life
2013
Sunday Times
L’Enclume was rated #3 in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurant list in association with Harden’s
2013
Honorary Degree
Simon received his first Honorary Degree for a Doctorate in Lore from Lancaster University
2014
Honorary Fellowship
Simon was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for his contribution to Culinary Arts from the University of Cumbria
2014
Fera at Claridge’s
Fera opened at Claridge’s in May
2014
Best Newcomer
The French won ‘Best Newcomer’ in the 2014 Waitrose Good Food Guide
2014
Manchester
Mr Cooper’s House & Garden won Manchester Restaurant of the Year at the Lancashire Life Food Awards
2014
Restaurant of the Year
Rogan & Company won Restaurant of the Year at the Cumbria Life Awards
2014
Restaurant Wars
Simon films Restaurant Wars
2014
Newcomer of the Year
Fera awarded Newcomer of the Year by Decanter Magazine
2015
Michelin star
Fera gained it’s first Michelin star within four months of opening
2015
Best New Restaurant
Fera won Best New Restaurant in the Tatler Restaurant Awards
2015
UMBEL
UMBEL Restaurant Group was created as parent company to all of Simons restaurant businesses
2016
Saturday Kitchen
Simon’s debut on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen
2016
World’s Best
Fera at Claridge’s wins the prestigious three-star award in ‘World’s Best Wine List’
2016
Aulis at Fera
Aulis at Fera opened adjacent to the restaurant’s kitchen
2016
Chef of the Year
AA Rosette Awards 2016 Simon Rogan is awarded AA Chef of The Year
2016
Good Food Guide
Fera rated #12 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 with an 8/10 rating
2016
10/10 rating and #1
L’Enclume received a 10/10 rating and #1 ranking in the Waitrose Good Food Guide
2017
London Restaurant
Food and Travel Reader Awards 2017, Fera at Claridge’s awarded London Restaurant of the Year
2017
Good Food Guide
The Top 50 Restaurants 2017, L’Enclume awarded #1 (for the fourth year running), Fera at Claridge’s awarded #15
2017
Aulis London opens
Development kitchen and eight seat chef’s table in Soho.
2018
Roganic Returns
January 2018, Roganic opens as permanent site of cult pop-up Roganic on Blandford Street, London
2018
Simon departs Fera
After three successful years, Simon and Mayfair hotel Claridge’s have mutually agreed to end their partnership
2018
Royal Ascot
Simon makes Royal Ascot debut with The Green Yard & Restaurant in the Royal Enclosure.
2018
Bocuse d’Or UK
Simon takes over from Brian Turner as Bocuse d’Or UK President.
2018
First cookbook
Simon Rogan’s first cookbook released
2018
Michelin star
First Michelin star for Rogan & Co
2018
Michelin star
A Michelin star for Roganic
2018
Lord’s Dining Club
Simon takes part in Lord’s Dining Club dinner series.
2018
Exton Park Rosé
Simon collaborates with Exton Park to create exclusive bottle of ‘Exton Park with Simon Rogan’ Rosé NV.
2019
Aulis Hong Kong
Aulis Hong Kong opens in Causeway Bay.
2019
Roganic Hong Kong
Roganic Hong Kong opens in Causeway Bay.
2019
Wynn Palace
Simon is a guest chef alongside Vicky Lau at Wynn Palace, Macau to celebrate ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’.
2019
Henrock opens
Henrock Retaurant, Lounge & Conservatory and Bar open at Linthwaite House Hotel.
2020
Roganic London closes
Roganic London closes due to Covid-19 restrictions and will not reopen its doors on Blandford Street.
2020
Simon Rogan at home
Simon Rogan at home is launched to provide 'at home' meals during the closures in place for Covid-19
2020
Aulis London on Down To Earth
Ella Woodward, Zac Efron, Darin Olien take a seat at our Aulis London chef’s table as part of the new Netflix series ‘Down to Earth’.
2020
Simon Rogan at home Hong Kong
Simon Rogan 'at home' meals are launched in Hong Kong
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FURTHER AFIELD

Hong Kong is such an exciting place to be – it’s a modern, buzzing food destination - the ultimate site for a city-centric take on a farm-to-table restaurant concept. I fell in love with the city when I went over there for a collaboration and it seemed like a perfect place to open two new restaurants - Aulis Hong Kong and Roganic Hong Kong – which we launched in 2019.

In 2020 Roganic Hong Kong was awarded a Michelin star, less than ten months after opening. The restaurant was recently recognised with the newly introduced Michelin Green Star, award by Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2021. Roganic Hong Kong is the only restaurant in Hong Kong to receive this prestigious accolade, highlighting Roganic as a leader in the field of restaurant sustainability.

There are lots of organic farms in the new territories, so I've been pleasantly surprised about the amount and quality of organic produce that you can find in the Hong Kong area.

CLOSER TO HOME

In October 2019 we opened our sixth restaurant, Henrock, inside the established country house hotel Linthwaite House in The Lake District.

I love the Lakes, so when I was given the opportunity to open Henrock in a unique setting overlooking Lake Windermere, I jumped at it. I wanted to try something a little different to my usual style and thought this would be the perfect place to focus on different ideas, techniques and ingredients that inspired me from my travels. You’ll find beautiful dishes in our restaurant, next to a comforting all-day dining menu, afternoon tea and seasonal cocktail that are served in the Bar, Lounge & Conservatory.

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

My father worked at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market and used to come home every evening with a box of the day’s best, freshest produce. I was a fussy eater at the time and grew quite suspicious of the unfamiliar exotics he used to bring back, but this early exposure definitely sparked my interest in ingredients, seasonal produce and foraging. My mum worked too so I’d cook for them during the week to help out and really enjoyed it. I soon decided to go to college to train as a chef and realized that to be a good cook you can be ambitious, but you should always remain humble and respectful at the same time.

I am extremely passionate about food and I am very lucky to work with an incredibly dedicated team which makes being a chef the best job in the world. Being able to source the freshest ingredients from the farm and turn them into dishes the people will remember for a long time to come is very rewarding.

BEST MOMENTS

L'Enclume, currently holds two Michelin Stars, has been awarded the Good Food Guide’s No. 1 Restaurant in UK 2014-17 & in 2020.

In 2021, our efforts towards sustainability were recognised with the newly introduced Michelin Green Star, awarded to both L'Enclume and Roganic Hong Kong - which means I am the only chef globally to hold a green star in two continents.

Writing my first book ‘Rogan: The Cookbook’ also has to be up there as one of my biggest achievements.

In 2018 I was appointed Bocuse d’Or UK president.

THE PERFECT PRODUCE

It's a case of growing the perfect carrot rather than cooking it perfectly. The produce we’ve got gives us inspiration. It is the driving force and we’re not tampering with it. We’re taking an ingredient and cooking it simply to maximise the flavour.

It's also about the whole menu: the way it flows, the rhythm, the balance. We've always tried to push the boundaries and that's hopefully carried off in all the restaurants that we've opened around the world.

Wild Edibles

When I first opened L'Enclume I was heavily influenced by the works of Marc Veyrat in the Alps, for his use of wild flowers, herbs and roots in his cookery. My chefs have learnt to understand exactly what can be achieved by using produce that has been grown, nurtured and foraged in the natural environment that surrounds many of our restaurants, and while it may not be the Alps, The Lake District offers so much.

At our farm in the Cartmel Valley we grow a fascinating range of unusual and exciting ingredients – all produced organically, to our exacting specifications – such as Japanese wineberries, elkhorn fern and buck’s-horn plantain. With harvest to plate often taking place in less than an hour, the quality and freshness is unbeatable.

Last supper

Would simply be an extravagant roast with all the trimmings at home with all my family and friends around me.

Sundays…

I get up early and go for a bike ride wherever I am – my push bike is down on the coast at the moment in Littlehampton, and cycling around The Lake District is equally as beautiful. After a bike ride I like to take a nice long hot shower and go for a drive out to the country for a pub lunch, come back, watch the footie and have a nice roast dinner to finish the day.

Most Memorable Meal

Marc Veyrat’s Ferme de mon Père.



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