Michelin-Starred London Chef Howard Plans Return to Kitchen

Philip Howard held two Michelin stars at The Square in Mayfair, which he sold after 25 years. Now, he's back.

Philip Howard, the London chef who held two Michelin stars before selling The Square, plans to open a restaurant later this year in London's Chelsea district.

Elystan Street, on the site that formerly housed Tom Aikens, will serve modern British food in a relaxed room without the starched tablecloths and formal service of The Square, where he built his reputation over a quarter of a century.

Chef Philip Howard.
Chef Philip Howard.
Source: Network London

"I have unfinished business with food and kitchens," Howard said today in an interview.

Howard won his second star at The Square in 1998, and his influence extends beyond the kitchen. He is a recovering drug addict known for his philanthropic work helping young chefs.

Prices are likely to be lower than at the Square, where three courses cost £95 ($140) and the tasting menu is £120. Howard said he expects average spending for dinner to be less than £100, including wine, while at lunch diners can order just a single plate if they like.

Howard plans to open in September in partnership with Rebecca Mascarenhas, the restaurateur with whom he co-owns Sonny's Kitchen in Barnes and Kitchen W8 in Kensington, which holds a Michelin star.

So will he be going for stars in Chelsea?

"The restaurant will be more relaxed and the food will be a slightly different style, but the cooking will be no less ambitious than at the Square," he said.

Richard Vines is chief food critic at Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @richardvines and Instagram @Richard.vines.

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