Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New 'Kitchen Goddess': It's Not Sexy, I Cut My Hands and Smell of Lamb

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New 'Kitchen Goddess': It's Not Sexy, I Cut My Hands and Smell of Lamb

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Byline: Sian Boyle

FLORENCE KNIGHT, the rising star of London's restaurant scene dubbed "the new kitchen goddess", has fought back against the label.

The 27-year-old chef, who worked under Raymond Blanc and last year published her first cookery book, said that comments about her looks "devalued" her work.

She added: "Any woman in the industry would agree that being a woman gets you noticed, but it's tiring when [people] thrive off our personal lives -- the way we look, the way we dress.

"Once you've got chef whites on who cares what you look like? When I'm in the kitchen my hair is up, my baggy clothes look like pyjamas, I smell of lamb bones, I have cuts and burns on my hands. It's not sexy, that's the real truth of it, but I love it."

Knight is gearing up for the February reopening of Venetianinspired restaurant Polpetto in Berwick Street, where she will once again head the kitchen. She says that her food is about "celebrating ingredients". …

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