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Hélène Darroze opens at London's Connaught hotel

14 July 2008 by

The Connaught today opens its new restaurant run by two-Michelin-starred French chef Hélène Darroze.

Darroze, one of France's leading female chefs, succeeds Angela Hartnett who, together with Gordon Ramsay Holdings, parted company with the Mayfair hotel last year.

Hartnett will launch her new Italian restaurant Murano next month, before opening Ramsay's first boutique hotel the York & Albany, where she will be in charge of the food and beverage offering.

Darroze, who runs her eponymous restaurant Hélène Darroze on the Left Bank in Paris, is launching her restaurant, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, following the hotel's nine-month, £70m renovation.

The dining room has been designed by Paris-based designer India Mahdavi.

In addition to the restaurant, Darroze oversees all food service throughout the hotel including the Gallery, an informal dining room overlooking Carlos Place, and private and in-room dining.

She will also be responsible for the revival of the Connaught Grill which will be returning in the autumn.

Stephen Alden, chief executive of Maybourne Hotel Group, owner of the Connaught, said: "This is a tremendous partnership. Hélène is a perfect match for the Connaught where the French Gourmet heritage has always been a part of the hotel's exceptional legacy."

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By Kerstin Kühn

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