Adam Handling appointed Executive Chef at The Belmond Cadogan Hotel
The Cadogan Hotel, managed by Belmond as their new flagship London property, opens in winter 2018 on Sloane Street, at the heart of one of the world’s most famous luxury shopping destinations.
Tipped by Caterer magazine as one of the ‘30 under 30 to watch’, Handling brings his energetic passion for traditional British cuisine with a modern twist and places sustainability and zero waste at the core of his philosophy.
“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, “We are delighted to support up-and-coming talent and Adam’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”.
As Executive Chef, Handling will oversee all food and beverage operations at Belmond Cadogan 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, 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. He adds, “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 that marries daring flavours with out-of-the ordinary culinary techniques. Adam opened 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. As well as being nominated Scottish Chef of the Year in 2015, Adam’s restaurants have won Best Restaurant of the Year in the Food & Travel Reader Awards 2017 and Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the Foodism100 Awards 2018.
Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive of Cadogan, comments “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.”
Belmond Cadogan Hotel sits on the border of chic Chelsea and glamourous Knightsbridge and with just 54 rooms, the hotel is an intimate ‘home’ in the heart of the city. Guests will have access to a private garden offering a tranquil escape in spring and summer and during the cooler months, the welcoming draw of the fireplaces provide a warming retreat. Rich in history, Belmond Cadogan Hotel is part of the cultural heritage of Chelsea with scandalous stories from Oscar Wilde to the pioneering explorer and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Design details will celebrate the hotel’s heritage whilst offering a guests a front row seat to contemporary London society.