Éric Chavot (born Arcachon) is a French Michelin starred chef. He is working as a chef at the eponymous restaurant Brasserie Chavot in Conduit Street. In France he was trained at the Boucanier, then at the Patio.
Chavot trained in France before moving to London to continue his culinary pursuits. He worked as sous chef under Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire; and then London's La Tante Claire and Harvey's. He then worked as Head Chef at Marco Pierre White's "The Restaurant", the Hyde Park Hotel and Chez Nico at Ninety, Park Lane, London. He then started his own restaurant Interlude de Chavot and later Chavot on the Fulham Road.
Chavot was appointed Head Chef of The Capital Restaurant in August 1999, with the menu based around French cuisine-inspired dishes. His flavorful and creatively presented dishes earned him two Michelin stars. Critic AA Gill writing in the Sunday Times said:
|“||This is as good as you can eat in London.... This was three-stars-and-bars cooking; a faultlessly assured, elegant, thoughtful, poignant, intelligent, top-of-the-range, exceedingly-rare handmade dinner||”|
Marco Pierre White describes Chavot as "The best in London without a doubt." In 2008, Chavot represented the United Kingdom at the 25th anniversary celebration of the International Academy of Gastronomy, held at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris.
Selfridges and the Weston Family
Chavot left the Capital in 2009 and worked with French chef Pierre Koffman at a special Pop Up restaurant on Selfridges London. The Capital lost both its Michelin stars when he left. Chavot is an occasional columnist in The Observer, and as a guest chef on Saturday Kitchen with James Martin. He caused controversy when accidentally swearing on the programme broadcast on 23 May 2009.
After his stint at Selfridges he spent two seasons at the exclusive Weston estate in Florida troubleshooting their restaurants and implementing processes and methods for delivering his food to the residents.
At the start of 2013 the eponymous Brasserie Chavot in Conduit Street was launched, next to and part of the Westbury hotel.
- Le Point Londres : Connaissez-vous Chavot ? 2007 "Ce natif d'Arcachon, formé au Boucanier, puis au Patio, avant d'émigrer, ne se vanta de rien. Dur au labeur, modeste dans ses paroles, sûr de ses gestes, l'on suppose qu'à 36 ans tout rond il n'a pas dit son dernier mot L'un des meilleurs cuisiniers anglais : un Français sérieux et discret, natif d'Arcachon. "
- L'ordre international vient de créer son antenne à Londres "De gauche à droite: au 2e plan, William Hamelin, Michel Escoffier, Michel Bourdin, Bernard-Louis Jaunet, Philippe Onofri, Hector Mc Enzie, David Laval. Au 1er plan, Raymond Blanc, Gary Rhodes, John Williams, Éric Chavot, Philip Corrick, Ian Le Visconte."
- "Ercic Chavot – Profile". The Capital. Retrieved 21 May 2009.[dead link]
- "Exclusive: Marco Pierre White on why he's back behind the stove for TV's Hell's Kitchen", CatererSearch, Wednesday 25 April 2007
- "Eric Chavot to represent the UK at Academy of Gastronomy anniversary". Caterer and Hotel Keeper. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- Roux, Michel; Chavot, Eric (24 February 2009). "How to cheat at French". The Observer (UK). Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- "Complaints over swearing TV chef". BBC News. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.