In 2002, Phil first met Jason Atherton and worked alongside him on the launch of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, playing an integral role in the restaurant’s opening. Quickly becoming Jason’s right hand man, he headed up the kitchen at Maze in South Africa and then in Prague, where he won his first Michelin star, one of his career highlights to date.
Phil then returned to London to assist Jason in the launch of Pollen Street Social in 2011. The restaurant opened to critical acclaim and was awarded its first Michelin star in 2012, becoming one of London’s most esteemed restaurants.
With strong UK supplier relationships, he is very passionate about sourcing local ingredients and enjoys transforming simple cuts of meat and other produce into delicious meals for his diners. He describes his cooking style as classical, and has been heavily influenced by the chefs he has worked under.
I would certainly say Pub in the Park is up there with one of best things I have ever done, the atmosphere and buzz over those 3 days was just electric and I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. All in all, we served around 4000 dishes over the 3 days, the most popular being the Mackerel Taco which sold out on each session, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd though as they were all willing to try the other dishes we had to offer. One of my favourite moments had to be that I got to celebrate my birthday which was on the Sunday In such an incredible way, meeting a huge amount of kind and wonderful people as well as watching The Milk who are one of my favourite bands.
Wow - what an incredible, amazing weekend! The vibe was fantastic; the food was stunning, the music outstanding, but above all else, the people of Marlow made the whole event feel very special. It showed off our lovely town to all our visitors and the chefs from all over the country and did us proud.