Phil Howard for Nespresso
A quiet culinary professional, Phil Howard has been Head Chef and co-owner of The Square since its opening in December 1991, and saw the restaurant move in February 1997 to its current address in Mayfair from its previous site in St James’. Prior to founding The Square, Howard worked with Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s, Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum and with Roux Restaurants Ltd.
Howard’s distinctive modern French food has enjoyed great critical and consumer success. The restaurant’s first Michelin star was awarded to The Square in 1994, followed by a second prestigious star in 1998. Numerous other accolades have followed, from the Catey Award for ‘Chef Of The Year’ (1999) to the Guild Of Chef’s ‘Chef Of The Year’ (2005) and Catey ‘Restaurateur of The Year’ (2011).
In November 2005, Howard opened his second restaurant with Nigel Platts Martin, The Ledbury; introducing his protégé Brett Graham. The Ledbury now holds two Michelin stars and is ranked at 14 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants (Restaurant Magazine 2012).
He co-owns a further two restaurants in London with Rebecca Mascarenhas; Kitchen W8 opened in 2009 and received its first Michelin star in its opening year, and Sonny’s Kitchen which opened its doors in May 2012.
A degree in Microbiology from Kent University gives Howard a unique understanding of cooking and ingredients from a scientific perspective.
Howard is an avid runner and regularly runs the New York and London marathons.