The Cleveland Arms welcomes Elisabeth Passédat as new Head Chef

The Cleveland Arms in Paddington has announced former Masterchef: The Professionals contestant Elisabeth Passédat as its new Head Chef.

Elisabeth, 29, who made it through to the quarter finals of the BBC series in 2018, will join The Cleveland Arms in May, from Aster in Victoria where she worked alongside Helena Puolakka. Prior to this, her experience includes positions at some of London’s most prestigious restaurants including Pierre Koffmann at The Berkeley and Bar Boulud at The Mandarin Oriental.

The Cleveland Arms, situated a short stroll from Paddington Station on picturesque Chilworth Street, was taken on and extensively renovated in 2014 by Maria Tamander.  Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the restaurant has garnered a reputation as one of London’s most idyllic pub-restaurant destinations, as well as for its daily-changing lunch specials and Sunday roasts.

Originally from Paris, Elisabeth will be serving a seasonally-changing menu rooted in a traditional French-style of cooking. Her repertoire of spring dishes include a starter of Breaded Hen Egg, British Asparagus, Parmesan & Chives, a main course of Barbary Duck with Hispi Cabbage and Cardamom Jus and an Egg-free Pavlova served with Tonka Bean with Summer Berries for dessert.

Elisabeth said: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the team at The Cleveland Arms. It’s one of the most beautiful pub buildings in London, with the most gorgeous open kitchen and I’m really looking forward to creating a comforting and vibrant menu showcasing my favourite ingredients and French cooking-style, whilst introducing a handful of international influences as well to include from Asia and South America.’

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