Steakhouse chain names kitchen chief ahead of UK debut

Smith & Wollensky basement

Smith & Wollensky has appointed former Quaglino’s and STK man Stephen Collins as the executive chef for its soon-to-be-launched maiden London site.

The US steakhouse collective is assembling an all-star executive team ahead of the June launch, with Nathan Evans, formerly of the Boisdale Group, recently joining as operations director.

The new site in the historic Adelphi Building off the Strand marks the steak house’s first venture outside of the US, where it operates nine restaurants.

Collins will lead the kitchen operation, which will serve the brand’s signature USDA prime dry-aged steaks alongside British and Irish cuts, premium seafood, wines and classic cocktails.

The 300-cover, 15,000-square-foot restaurant has been designed by renowned restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki and comprises two bars, two main dining areas and three private dining rooms across two floors.

In keeping with its sister restaurants in the US, the site will also feature butchery quarters and a dry ageing room.

Operations chief Evans said: “The team has been working tirelessly to ensure we hit our June opening date. From the construction through to menu planning, we’ve been incredibly busy behind-the-scenes to ensure Smith & Wollensky is everything those familiar with the brand have come to love and those who’ve heard so much about it will expect.

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