Cheshire-born Kim Woodward began her career aged 18, when she moved to the US for a culinary internship, and subsequently spent over five years at Big Cedar Lodge Missouri. After returning to the UK, Kim joined the Gordon Ramsay group, utilising her skills in different restaurants including the renowned Savoy Grill. Working in a typically male dominated environment, Kim was the first female Head Chef at the Savoy Grill in its 126-year history paving the way for future generations of female chefs. Kim has built a truly impressive CV over her 19-year career and the culinary aficionado is also a firm favourite on our screens, appearing on MasterChef: The Professionals, BBC’s Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s Yes Chef. Joining D&D London group in 2017, Kim now brings her skills to 100 Wardour St following a successful stint at prestigious Southbank venue Skylon.
We caught up with her for the latest in our ‘My London’ series.
I love the Soho neighbourhood vibe, it has a great mix of cool trendy bars, traditional pubs, great small restaurants to hang out. It is lively in the evenings and quiet in the mornings.
Favourite place for brunch:
I don’t really do brunch, but I do like a roast! Blacklock is a Sunday treat for anyone in London, it is lush and delicious from start to finish.
Best coffee in London:
For me it has to be Bar Italia – in the heart of soho, it is a great place to sit and watch the world go by, the coffee is made with the original Gaggia coffee machine from 1949. I am always greeted nicely and the atmosphere is great.
Favourite gallery or museum:
The Natural History Museum – it is a beautiful building with lots going on and amazing history. We are lucky to have it.
Tell us a secret:
My Mums trifle is still better than mine! All those childhood memories never go away.
Favourite place to shop:
Mode de pelle for shoes, I have so many shoes- I cant just buy one pair!
Favourite place to find inspiration:
Food markets anywhere in the world, when travelling I like to find food markets to see the fresh exciting food. Even food that is cooked in the markets is so good. It really opens your eyes to see the world of food, I really love that.
Best London destination for a date:
London has so many great places in the shard with views for miles is fantastic. Along the river Thames at night is amazing to see London lit up as well. If you want to have dinner and then dance on a date, 100 Wardour St is really vibrant with such a good atmosphere and amazing mix of people.
Regents Park is beautiful, quiet, calm, and peaceful. It has nice gardens with lots of dogs around, it is a really nice to go and relax.
Favourite food market:
London Borough market has always been a favourite of mine, whether its fresh oysters to fresh fruit – it is all so good!
Your sanctuary in the city:
Camden Town (Primrose Hill in particular). Walking through the little town and through to the park. It is great for thinking, relaxing, dog walking and people watching!
What inspires you?
Everyday food, people & London, everyday being around all of this, inspires me to think about food, create dishes, people around me give me inspiration to cook great food, and London has an amazing culture to live in.
This season I’m loving:
I love Autumn time and the food that you get this time of the year. It gives you that sense of homely cooking, the hearty flavours, fruits, game season, venison, rich and indulgent foods.