Emily Roux of the UK’s most influential and respected restaurant dynasty, and her husband Chef Diego Ferrari, currently head chef at Le Gavroche, will be opening their first restaurant together this October, in Notting Hill.
Called Caractère, the restaurant name is a play on both chefs’ unique and strong characters, their family influences, and their cooking and eating experiences, which will be reflected both in the menu and the décor.
The food will be focussed on simple and delicious French and Italian dishes, stemming from both chefs’ heritage and expertise.
“My background and my training is of course Classic French fine dining, but I’ve always been so in love with Italian food. Then I found love with Italian-born Diego when we were both working in Monaco at Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin starred restaurant, Le Louis XV. Since we’ve been together, he has taught me so much about Italian food. Our new restaurant brings together our story, and our menu will always be a reflection of the food we love to cook and love to eat,” says Emily Roux
Each season the menu will change, and diners will also have the opportunity choose from the daily specials. The wine list will offer both French and Italian wines, and will predominantly feature smaller winemakers.
“We are incredibly excited about opening our first restaurant together. Caractère is the manifestation of everything we love, and we cannot wait to share it.” – Diego Ferrari