Chef Bruce Poole has generously donated to our online charity auction, offering an exclusive dinner for 2 at his restaurant Chez Bruce, London.
The charity auction runs from Monday 18 January, and it’s your chance to bid to dine at one of three Michelin star restaurants in Europe, while supporting our charity – the ground-breaking school for disadvantaged teenagers in Mauritius, Etoile de Mer.
Chef Bruce Poole
The eponymous chef-patron of Chez Bruce, Bruce Poole, has a very simple recipe for restaurant success.
When he first opened the restaurant in Wandsworth, London in 1995 he created a menu based on the kind of food he thought local people eating out would like. Nothing pretentious, no gimmicks, just good food.
As Chef Bruce explains ‘From the outset it was our intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment… Restaurants are not about celebrity chefs, managers, owners or design; they are about customers.’
The menu at Chez Bruce
It is Poole’s reading of customer tastes over the years which has cemented the restaurant’s prestigious reputation. Its exquisite menu of classic modern food based on regional French and Mediterranean cuisine has never gone out of style.
Poole describes how he and Head Chef Matt Christmas set about creating the Chez Bruce menu, ‘We only ever produce dishes which we ourselves love to eat and one can’t really say fairer than that.’
And this simple, customer-focused approach to food has garnered Chez Bruce a loyal customer base and numerous prestigious awards, including the coveted Michelin star.
All these plaudits, however, have come as something of a surprise to Poole who only began his professional cooking career in his mid-twenties. It was only after receiving a degree in history, training in hotel management and working front-of-house in several restaurants that he discovered his true passion. He found himself lured by the excitement and energy of the kitchens and began writing to several leading restaurants looking for a job.
It was Bibendum which finally responded and Poole worked his way up through the kitchen there before moving on to The Square and then Chez Max in Fulham.
When restaurateur Nigel Platts-Martin offered him a share in his own restaurant – what would become Chez Bruce – in 1995 he seized the opportunity to do things his own way.
Local to Wandsworth himself, Poole wanted to create the very best local restaurant he could while also indulging his passion for wine.
The team at Chez Bruce are self-proclaimed fanatical wine-lovers searching the globe for the very best old and new. As a result the restaurant now has an extensive wine cellar with a wine list featuring many rare wines during their perfect drinking window.
From the first it has been Poole’s passion for the food, the wine, the friendly local service which has set him and his team apart from other restaurants in the capital. A passion which he shares and passes on to his customers, a passion which keeps them coming back.
Bid in our online charity auction
Constance guests have the chance to share the passion with a dinner for two at Chez Bruce in our online charity auction.
Find out more
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