New Head Chef for the Retro

The award-winning Retro Bistrot in Teddington, SW London welcomes a new Head Chef to the team.


With a name like Francois Fayd’Herbe de Maudave he was destined to work his culinary magic in a fine French restaurant. Francois has joined the award-winning Retro Bistrot in Teddington, SW London as Head Chef, working alongside the owner and maitre d’, flamboyant Frenchman, Vincent Gerbeau.


Francois’s professional background includes working at England oldest French restaurant, the Mon Plaisir in Covent Garden, as well as upmarket establishments The Park Lane Hotel, The Grosvenor House Hotel and The Savoy. Specialising in French-style cuisine Francois has also cooked for demanding clients in Dubai, Madagascar, Australia, France and the exclusive ski resort of Courchevel.


“Vincent’s invitation to join the Retro was irresistible,” says Francois. “Working with a small independent restaurant with such a good reputation allows me to build on its success by implementing new ideas and new tastes. I love creating exciting combinations of flavours and this is a great opportunity to impress the taste buds of the Retro customers.”


The Retro Bistrot won the Good Food Guide London Restaurant of the Year in 2012, has two AA rosettes and a Michelin Two Forks. They also won Highly Commended Awards in the local Time & Leisure Food and Drinks Awards for both Best Service and Overall Restaurant of the Year 2013.


Vincent says, “We are delighted to have tempted Francois into the Retro and very excited about the potential to make a difference to the menu, without, of course, losing our customers’ favourite dishes.”


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