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So this is interesting. Launceston Place has a hot new Chef Patron in the kitchen. When head chef Tim Allen left the restaurant last summer, we were wondering who would take over from him. Now we hear it's Raphael Francois, who's moved back to London from New York where he was Executive Chef at Le Cirque.

This isn't Raphael's first time in London though. He used to be Executive Chef at The Connaught hotel, working alongside Hélène Darroze, when the restaurant, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, gained two Michelin stars. He's got straight to work, introducing new dishes to the menu including:

Scallop with parmesan, beets and truffle melanosporum Blue Crab Simplissime with creamy potato, tarragon, and carapace jus Squab with Mandarin, pomme noisette and barley Dark Chocolate Nemesis with blackberries, almonds and rocket (pictured) Poached Baby Apple with pecan parfait and maple.

To match their new chef, the restaurant itself has also had a bit of a refurb with the Chef’s Office (their private dining room) getting a makeover.

Launceston Place is at 1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL. Keep up with their news on Twitter @launcestonplace

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