Simon Shand appointed as head chef of Leroy

Simon Shand has been announced as the new head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant and wine bar Leroy, based in Shoreditch. 

The chef began his hospitality career wroking both front- and back-of-house in a cafe whilst in college. Following a two-year stint at Gravetye Manor, where he was Chef de Partie, he went on to further hone his craft at Anthony Demetre's seminal starred restaurants Arbutus and Wild Honey, where he rose to become Junior Sous (2013–2016). After a year at Frenchie (2016), he was named head chef at the Corner Room in the Bethnal Green Town Hall (2017–2021). 

Shand's style of cooking reflects Leroy's ethos of simplicity, balance and depth of flavour, creating dishes that are thoughtful but not showy. A constantly changing seasonal menu reflects the restaurant's stripped back, modern take on the classical European tradition established with great success by Sam Kamienko at Ellory and Leroy. Menus are paired with a similarly constantly evolving wine list of classics and natural wines chosen by Sommelier Bradley Tomlinson.

Current menu highlights include: roast scallops, cauliflower purée, brown butter and capers; monkfish, broccoli and chorizo with mussel velouté; sot-l’y-laisse, strozzapreti, girolles and black truffle, and poached pear with puff pastry and hazelnut cream.

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