MasterChef's Monica Galetti leaves Le Gavroche

20 March 2015 by
MasterChef's Monica Galetti leaves Le Gavroche

MasterChef judge Monica Galetti has left her job as senior sous chef at two-Michelin starred restaurant Le Gavroche.

The move comes 12 years after she started as a commis chef at the iconic London restaurant and precedes plans to pursue a new venture in London. She left Le Gavroche last week and is currently on holiday visiting family in her native New Zealand.

Galetti, who has been a judge on BBC series MasterChef: the Professionals since its second year, told The Caterer that the decision to leave was prompted by a major life event last year.

"Something happened in my family that was kind of the wake-up call I needed. Life was great and Michel makes it so hard to leave because it's so comfortable and such a great place to be. I loved it there.

"But when that happened with my family, it made me think that I hadn't yet achieved what I wanted. I still wanted to do more and I think my daughter, who's eight, is now at an age where she can cope a bit better."

Commenting on her plans for the future, the author of Monica's Kitchen said she was currently in discussions with a new business partner about a potential new restaurant.

"But it's still very early days," she stressed, "and too soon to talk about. It's exciting. I'm absolutely terrified, but it's a great opportunity."

As Galetti's boss as Le Gavroche, Michel Roux Jnr said he has "lovely memories" of the past 12 years.

"Monica is passionate, highly skilful and driven - all qualities which helped her succeed at Le Gavroche. Wherever she goes, I will always be there for her."

Continue reading

You need to create an account to read this article. It's free and only requires a few basic details.

Already subscribed?

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking