Harrods sign Swedish superchef

Björn Frantzén, the Swedish superstar chef whose Stockholm flagship was this week pronounced No 6 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, is to open his first UK restaurant in Harrods next year. Last month Frantzén came second in another international contest, the Best Chef awards.

Ashley Saxton, general manager of restaurants at Harrods, said it was a “monumental next stop” for the Knightsbridge luxury store to sign up “one of the world’s greatest chefs” as it expands its offer as a dining destination. Further details have yet to be released, although Harrods says the new venue will be a “state-of-the-art flagship restaurant in a prime location within the store.”

Frantzén’s self-named Stockholm restaurant is said to offer an “immersive” and “futuristic” experience, with guests meandering through a townhouse while working their way through a £320-a-head tasting menu. Before opening his first venue in 2006, the chef worked in a number of leading kitchens around the world, including Pied à Terre in Fitzrovia.

He said: “I worked in England early on my career and really got a feel for, in my opinion, one of the most interesting cities in the world, so it feels right to be coming back to open in London.”

Frantzén has shown himself capable of running multiple venues, with Zén in Singapore matching his Stockholm original in achieving its third Michelin star this year. Now 44, he was a promising footballer signed to Stockholm’s biggest club, AIK, as a teenager before a minor congenital heart complaint put a brake on his career in professional sport.  

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