Simon Rogan has achieved unrivalled success as a chef at the top of British cuisine, gaining two Michelin stars for his flagship restaurant, L’Enclume, which he opened with his partner Penny Tapsell.
Tucked away in the Cumbrian village of Cartmel, the restaurant showcases the tastes, textures and fragrances of the natural world.
The Good Food Guide described his constantly changing, tasting menu’s 21 courses as ‘miracles of nature’, and as well as his two Michelin stars, he also holds the maximum five AA rosettes.
“I am very inspired by Cartmel countryside and I always wanted the menus to showcase the areas local ingredients. That link between nature and L’Enclume is precious and fundamental to my working life,” he says.
“Both of our farms really do now shape our world. All of our restaurants rely on the produce grown there so it is an integral part of the business – one couldn’t exist without the other.
“That said, it has been a huge learning curve. Myself and Dan Cox, who helped me set up and establish both farms, called ourselves Google farmers in the early days. We were literally learning on the job – when we encountered a problem we would Google it and move on.”