Kim Woodward has been appointed Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay Group’s Savoy Grill, becoming the first woman to run the kitchen in its 126-year history. She returns to the kitchen where she helped spearhead its success during the 2010 re-launch.
Recruited from within the Gordon Ramsay Group, Kim has spent the past three years as Head Chef of the York & Albany, the restaurant, bar and townhouse in Camden. Cheshire-born Kim brings a wealth of experience to her new role in the iconic kitchen on the Strand, where revolutionary chef Auguste Escoffier once commanded the pass in the 1890s.
Kim spent a number of years post-college in the United States, earning her chef whites and honing her skills in some of America’s top restaurants. In 2007, she returned home to the UK where she joined the Gordon Ramsay Group as Junior Sous Chef at Boxwood Café. She later joined Plane Food and then was part of the successful opening team of the Savoy Grill under Executive Chef Stuart Gillies – now Managing Director of the Group. Kim took the spotlight on the small screen during the 2011 series of Masterchef: The Professionals, showcasing her talent and determination by reaching the semi-finals of the competitive cookery show.