127 Ledbury Road,
London, W11 2AQ
Tel: 020 7792 9090
Food type: French/ Modern Eclectic
Food rating: 7/10
Nearest tube: Westbourne Grove/ Notting Hill
Website: The Ledbury
‘Repeat visit’ week sees me travelling north west and braving the dastardly perils of the Hammersmith and sh*tty line to once again dine at the Ledbury. I must admit that were not for the ridiculous trek to get to the restaurant, I would definitely visit more frequently. You see, I, like many people like Brett Graham’s gutsy, no-holds barred cooking – his adventurous use of flavours and his sure-handedness at cooking game. Case in point, the restaurant was packed to the brim for dinner on a Sunday night.
Das Wunderkind Brett Graham’s career as a chef started off with the humblest of origins. At the age of 15, he took his first step to becoming a chef by… polishing glasses at a local restaurant in Newcastle, Australia. He soon moved on to a seafood restaurant where he was in charge of preparing fish. Not cooking mind you, but scaling, gutting and all kinds of menial labour befitting one his age. Graham soon moved on to work at Banc, a French restaurant where he developed his repertoire in classical cooking under Liam Tomlin. His talent was obvious and he soon won the Josephine Pignolet Award (an award for young chef of the year) in 1999. This game him an opportunity to brighten his horizons – an opportunity he grabbed immediately by moving to London and landing a job under Phil Howard at the Square. As was the case down under, Graham was quickly awarded the title of ‘Young Chef of the Year’ by Restaurant Associations in 2003. His rise was quick and meteoric and by 2005, he was appointed sous chef at the Square. Then, one day, Howard along with famed restaurateur Nigel-Platt’s Martin approached him with the opportunity to lead his own kitchen. Henceforth, the Ledbury was born. Within a year of opening, Graham won his 1st Michelin star and int he recent 2009 guide, he has been tipped for his second star (espoir).