Belmond announces Adam Handling as executive chef at Belmond Cadogan Hotel, its new flagship London property opening winter 2018.
“Adam is an exciting and innovative talent who has made his mark on the London dining scene. Says Klaus Kabelitz, general manager, Belmond Cadogan Hotel.
“At Belmond, we are delighted to support up-and-coming talent and Handling’s culinary skill, combined with his incredible passion for curating the ultimate fine-dining experience makes him the perfect partner for our first London hotel restaurant” Kabelitz added.
As executive chef, Handling will oversee all F&B operations at the hotel, including the main restaurant featuring an open kitchen – a window onto the chef’s theatre – where the artful dishes receive their final touches.
The Bar and Terrace, accessed directly from Pont Street is set to become a local favourite, featuring drinks and lighter bites curated by Adam and his team, as well as the Tea Lounge that will serve Adam’s specially crafted tea service. Handling is known for having a keen interest in art and music that will also inform part of the restaurant design and tasting experience.
Handling said: “I’m so excited to be partnering with Belmond Cadogan Hotel to bring an outstanding selection of dining options for visitors and guests of the hotel. Belmond has an incredible worldwide reputation and the building itself has an amazing history – I’m really looking forward to bringing the hotel into a new, modern chapter and putting my stamp on the menus. Being part of this launch is one of the highlights of my career.”
Scottish-born Handling began his career at Gleneagles as their first ever trainee; since then he has fast been recognised as one of the rising stars of the culinary scene for his exceptional cuisine.
His first independent restaurant, The Frog E1, in Shoreditch in June 2016, and his flagship restaurant, Frog by Adam Handling, in Covent Garden in September 2017.
Handling brings his distinctive cuisine to Belmond’s first London hotel and restaurant, located in the heart of one of the world’s most famous luxury shopping destinations, Sloane Street.
Hugh Seaborn, chief executive of Cadogan, said: “We are very excited about Adam joining the neighbourhood. As long-term stewards of Chelsea, our focus is on creating vibrancy through a careful balance of top international flagships, best-in-their-field independent artisans and an inspiring mix of places to eat and drink. Adam brings a fresh new dining experience to Sloane Street and I’m certain will be very popular with both locals and guests alike.”