Meet the chef… Ruth Hansom

Taking over the kitchen at Pomona’s, one of Notting Hill’s favourite restaurants is the next step in the impressive career of Ruth Hansom

You have an impressive CV, being named Young National Chef of the Year when you were just 21, what inspired you to become a chef?
I became a chef after competing in a competition, Future Chef, organised by the charity Springboard. The national final was held at Westminster College where I decided I wanted to study. So, I applied, found a flat on gumtree and moved to London to study a few months later. While studying I contacted one of the judges from the competition who gave me a job.

What are your top three career highlights so far?
My top three career highlights include; working at The Ritz London, being the first female to win Young National Chef of The Yea rand being successful on TV’s Million Pound Menu.

You’ve recently taken over the kitchen at Pomona’s in Notting Hill, what sort of dishes will be on the menu?
The menu is designed to share. I love the food culture from Spain and Italy and would love to create that kind of vibe here, the only difference – it will focus on the best British produce from local suppliers. The menu is sectioned into; from the land, from the sea and from the earth.

Your favourite ingredient?
My Favourite ingredient would have to be garlic, maybe not so much of for the people I have to share company!

Signature dish?
Roast Halibut, Confit Artichoke, Pickled Grape, Almond, Fennel Broth.

 Favourite kitchen gadget?
Just a spoon. It’s so essential to taste everything that is going out to your guests. 

Kitchen soundtrack?
Eye of the Tiger.

Which other chef(s) have inspired you?
The main two are my previous head Chefs; Frederick Forster and John Williams.

Where do you like to eat when you’re not working?
I love sushi and Thai food. I think it’s nice to be able to go out and eat something you can’t do yourself.

Words of advice to your younger self?
Don’t rush into anything.

What would you be doing as an alternative career if not a chef?
I always wanted to be a doctor. I guess in a way it has the same outcome, pleasing people making them happy and comfortable!

Ponoma’s, London W2 5AH 020 7229 1503

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