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Roux & Ferrari to launch first restaurant together

Michel Roux Jr's daughter, Emily Roux and her chef husband Diego Ferrari, currently head chef at Le Gavroche, will be opening their first restaurant together this October.

The new eatery will be situated in London's Notting Hill, on the site formerly occupied by the Bumpkin restaurant.

The restaurant's name, Caracte`re, which translates as 'character', is a play on both chefs’ unique and strong characters, their family influences, and their cooking and eating experiences.

The food will be focussed on simple and delicious French and Italian dishes, stemming from both chefs’ heritage and expertise.

Each season the menu will change, and diners will also have the opportunity choose from the daily specials. The wine list will offer both French and Italian wines, and will predominantly feature smaller winemakers.

Roux said, “My background and my training is of course Classic French fine dining, but I’ve always been so in love with Italian food. Then I found love with Italian-born Diego when we were both working in Monaco at Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin starred restaurant, Le Louis XV.

'Since we’ve been together, he has taught me so much about Italian food. Our new restaurant brings together our story, and our menu will always be a reflection of the food we love to cook and love to eat.”

Ferrari added, “We are incredibly excited about opening our first restaurant together. Caracte`re is the manifestation of everything we love, and we cannot wait to share it.”