In what may be an unprecedented move, Marcus Wareing has promoted husband-and-wife team Mark and Shauna Froydenlund to the roles of joint chef patrons – should that be “chefs patron” or even “chefs patrons”? – at his Knightsbridge flagship restaurant in the Berkeley hotel.
Long-time Wareing lieutenants, the couple have worked at the restaurant since its earliest incarnation at Pétrus, part of Gordon Ramsay’s empire. In 2008 it was re-branded as Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, and in 2014 it was stripped down and “de-formalised” to its current guise as simply Marcus.
In that period, Wareing himself has moved from being a chef to a restaurateur, opening the Gilbert Scott at St Pancras and Tredwells in Covent Garden as well as launching a television career.
Perhaps inevitably, standards at his flagship – considered one of London’s top half-dozen kitchens in its noughties heyday – have slipped over the years, although the latest Harden’s Survey records signs of a revival amid reports of “stunning” cooking. And nobody has ever said that too many chef patrons spoil the soup.