Famous chefs at work

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For those who like to witness a chef’s artistry, the modern penchant for open kitchens is a real boon. It’s also reassuring to know that the named chef on the door is actually working their magic in the kitchen rather than shooting their next TV show. While there are no guarantees, we bring you three restaurants from around our network where you’re more than likely to have a famous chef cook your meal.


What if the chef isn’t there?

A great meal has many components – a lively ambience, welcoming maître d’, a judicious menu, and a good sense of timing, among others – which makes a restaurant one of the ultimate team sports. Some days the captain can’t play – but don’t worry, the rest of the team will always step up to the plate.


Alinea, Chicago

Chef Grant Achatz’s new American menu is at the forefront of modern dining. Solely featuring an 18- or 22-course tasting menu, it is deservedly Chicago’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant. Now busy with another restaurant (Next), Grant’s still often in the kitchen and may well plate up dessert at your table.


21212, Edinburgh

Michelin-starred Paul Kitching’s not just in the kitchen but on grand display. His eclectic, avant-garde cuisine with French influences is concocted by him and his brigade behind a large opening overlooking the main restaurant. Better yet, he also lives in the same Georgian townhouse as his leading restaurant and four-bedroom hotel. 21212restaurant.co.uk


Attica, Melbourne

Ben Shewry’s modern Australian cuisine focuses on native Australian ingredients, despite him spending his early childhood in New Zealand. Now the owner of this famous venue (the only Australian spot to feature on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list), the unlikely suburban location contains a sultry two-room restaurant and foraging kitchen garden.

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