New to the London restaurant scene Raphael Grima has already been pinpointed as a Chef to watch.
Born and raised in the Provencal village of St Paul de Vence, Raph was inspired by the many flavours and colours of this Mediterranean region. From a young age he spent time cooking with family members using the best of the local and seasonal ingredients.
Moving to Paris, Raph quickly entered Michelin kitchens under the pupillage of famous French chefs such as Gerard Besson, Roland Durand and Michael Rostang at restaurants Gerard Besson, Le Passiflore, and Michel Rostang. During these pupilages Raph learned the disciplines of classic French cuisine, experimented with the fusion of French and Asian food and mastering plating of dishes.
Always in the search of a new challenge Raph joined the team of Vide Design where he experimented with cuisine working alongside the senses – perfumes, light, touch and flavour in particular.
Raph joined the Taillevent family in 2012 working under Emile Cotte in two-Michelin starred Le Taillevent and it’s Parisian sister restaurant Les 110 de Taillevent. Here Raph refined his skills and learnt the DNA of Taillevent.
It was a natural move for Raphael to move to London and launch Les 110 de Taillevent at Cavendish Square in 2015. Heading up his own kitchen Raph brings experience of classic French dishes along with his modern interpretation along with the knowledge of pairing dishes to bring out the best of the paired wines.
He is now a mentor himself to his young talented team of Chefs working alongside the restaurant Sommelier and his team.
In his free time Raph enjoys dining in the vibrant London and trips back to France to revisit his favourite restaurants, sharing his discoveries on Instagram, of course!