Welcome to The Gilbert Scott
General manager of The Gilbert Scott restaurant in London, New Zealander Chantelle Nicholson, 31, is profiled in the ‘Modernisms’ section of the British biannual magazine The Gentlewoman. Nicholson “is the warm welcome” at the restaurant, “which opened this year in the Gothic revival splendor of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.” “A lawyer by training as well as a protégée of the two-Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing, she’s a rarity in the world of fine dining. [Nicholson] tirelessly works both the kitchen and the front of house, 18 hours per day – every day.” When Nicholson walks through the door of someone else’s restaurant she tells the magazine: “There’s a list of 20 things I really spot-check, but if someone is unwelcoming, then it’s usually a good window onto how the rest of your time there will be.” Nicholson was discovered through the Gordon Ramsay Scholarship competition after which fellow New Zealander, Josh Emmett, then of the Savoy Grill, offered her a job in London. She is also credited as the co-author on Wareing’s book Nutmeg and Custard.