A fire that broke out at the Claude Bosi at Bibendum restaurant last night has destroyed part of the roof of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to the fire on Fulham Road in London's Chelsea. There were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade was called at 8.51pm and the fire was under control by 9.37pm. Fire crews from Chelsea, Fulham, Lambeth and Hammersmith fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A post by Bosi on Instagram suggested the fire had been started by a cigarette butt left in a flowerpot and said he had been alerted to the fire by a customer. Bosi, who won the Chef Award at the 2018 Cateys, added that the restaurant is still due to reopen on 5 September.
The post said: "Thank you to the @chelseafirerescue for your amazing work and my best customer Arlet for saving the Michelin building! All good now and see you all from the 5 of September."
The Catererreported last month that Diego Masciaga, who spent 30 years as general manager of the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, had joined the restaurant as a front of house ambassador, which will see him take charge of service levels at the venue ahead of reopening. Bosi's downstairs oyster bar at the Bibendum building has already reopened.
Bosi took over the iconic Michelin building and relaunched it in partnership with Sir Terence Conran as Claude Bosi at Bibendum in 2017. The building – called Michelin House – was commissioned by the Michelin Tyre Company as its British headquarters in 1909, but it moved out in 1985, when designer Conran and publisher Paul Hamlyn snapped it up.