Raphael is best known for holding the position of Executive Chef at The Connaught hotel, working alongside his mentor, Hélène Darroze, when the restaurant, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, gained two Michelin stars.
Raphael’s culinary style combines his background in classical French cuisine with contemporary flavours and techniques. Now taking charge of the kitchen of this much-loved Kensington Restaurant, Raphael will create innovative and modern menus that celebrate seasonal British produce at its finest.
“We are absolutely delighted that Raphael will be heading up Launceston Place,” say D&D London’s Managing Director, David Loewi. “He is an incredibly talented chef and his natural flair in the kitchen, expertise and passion for food will certainly bring something very special to D&D London.”
Alongside Raphael’s appointment, Launceston Place will be launching a new, more relaxed Sunday offering with dishes such as Guinea Fowl with green and brown cauliflower and pomegranate and Dry-Aged Herefordshire Beef with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and red wine sauce.
Meanwhile, for those looking for a truly exclusive gastronomic experience, the Chef’s Office at Launceston Place has undergone a contemporary redesign. Seating up to 12 people, Raphael will serve a bespoke menu with wines matched by Launceston Place’s award-winning Head Sommelier, Piotr Pietras.
This new chapter for Launceston Place also marks the return of Raphael to London, having most recently held the position of Executive Chef at Le Cirque, New York, where he became known for adding more innovative and seasonal fare to the traditional tasting menus.