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Jeremy Lee was one of the first wave of modern British chefs to hit London in the early 1990s. He started his career at Sir Terence Conran’s Bibendum, working under mentor Simon Hopkinson, then cooked at Alastair Little on Soho’s Frith Street. In 1995 he moved to The Blueprint Café, in Shad Thames, where he was something of an insider secret; he enjoyed rave reviews until his departure in 2011, although the restaurant’s out-of-the-way location worked against it. In 2012, Lee hit the big time when he became head chef at Soho’s Quo Vadis – one of London’s legendary dining rooms. His resolutely British style is a constant wherever he works and is renowned for its seasonality, simplicity and big flavours. Lee has contributed to the Guardian Weekend magazine and has also appeared in television programmes including the BBC’s Great British Menu.
Quo Vadis: 26-29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL; 020 7437 9585
Read Square Meal’s interview with Jeremy Lee (published in spring 2012).