New head chef for Levan

Levan, the second restaurant from the team behind Salon, in Peckham, London, has just appointed a new Head Chef, Pip MacDonald.

MacDonald, who began her cooking career at Scott’s, worked in countries including Australia and Hong Kong, before returning to London in 2017 to take up position as Head Chef at Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick’s Merchants Tavern.

MacDonald now joins the team at Levan, where the focus is on contemporary European cooking and low interventional wines.

The all-day Levan opened in October last year offering a breakfast of seasonal pastries, baked on site, as well as sourdough tartines with house cured salmon, goat’s curd and pickled elderberries, and croque monsieur made with aged comte.

For lunch, there are dishes like potato, chanterelle and Vacherin pie; a salad of figs, candied walnuts and Tymsboro goat’s cheese; or a slice of apple tart tatin with Ivy House cream - la creme de la creme of creme.

Small, inventive plates for dinner include Comté fries with saffron aioli; and boudin noir, egg yolk, and endive. Bigger dishes will include smoked pollack, spinach, asparagus and vin jaune; and 50-day aged rump cap, with wild garlic aioli and grilled calçots.