Philip Howard has always been a “chef’s chef”, quietly notching up years of service and influencing the industry immeasurably. His departure from The Square marks the end of 25 years of consistent recognition for his highly acclaimed cooking at this landmark location.

Phil is now very much back in the kitchen having opened Elystan Street in Chelsea Green, London SW3. Since the opening in September 2016 the restaurant has received phenomenal reviews in the press and has already won many accolades including a Michelin Star in it’s first year.

Whilst under his tenure The Square held 2 Michelin stars for 17 years. He remains a partner of 5 other London restaurants (The Ledbury, Kitchen W8, Church Road , Perilla and Lorne) and UNION in Montalbert La Plagne in the French Alps.

Phil is also a co-founder of NOTTO, an exciting new business focussed on pasta – delivering home pasta meal kits, selling fresh pasta and sauces wholesale to restaurants and hotels and retail through high end supermarkets and delis. NOTTO’s first restaurant is also on the horizon.

Phil has cooked at many events both nationally and internationally. Industry events, high profile charity fundraising dinners and corporate hospitality have all profited from his cooking. Hotels and restaurants in Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Maldives, New York, Boston, Belfast, Abu Dhabi, Lagos and Moscow have welcomed him to their kitchens for a variety of gastronomic events.

Phil is an active member of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and sits on both the management committee and the sustainability committee. He has played a significant role in the progression and development of two culinary competitions; Young Chef Young Waiter and National Chef of the Year.

He is a patron of Ace Africa – a highly effective charity based in East Africa – focussed on establishing sustainability in desperately poor and HIV ravaged communities.