London: The Darjeeling Express announced the appointment of Julien Angot as General Manager for new Covent Garden Restaurant. Julien Angot, who recently worked for PPHE Hotel Group (PPHE), has joined the Darjeeling Express team and owner, Asma Khan. Julien will oversee the opening of the new Darjeeling Express restaurant and the Deli by Darjeeling Express, and will also be responsible for recruitment and training of the entire service team, in time for the November 18th opening of Deli and December 5th opening of the restaurant.
“I am delighted to welcome Julien to Darjeeling Express. His energy, breadth of knowledge and experience will be a huge asset to our new Covent Garden restaurant which will feature both a tasting menu dining experience and a deli counter,” said Asma Khan, CEO of Darjeeling Express. “Julien brings considerable hospitality experience and understands how important it is for the service to reflect the ethos of the food and the story of the journey.. The challenge of opening a restaurant at a time like this has been made a lot easier with Julien by my side. He is already part of the Darjeeling Express team and family.”
“I was very excited when Asma told me about the move to Covent Garden. Only she could be so daring to open a new place in the middle of a pandemic, but her vision and fighting spirit are the vectors pushing this project and I am ready to support and launch the new Darjeeling Express restaurant, and one of the only openings this year,” said Julien Angot. “Our new location is fantastic and the food is exactly how you remember it from Kingly Court, cooked with patience and passion by the same amazing team of women. We can’t wait for everyone to experience our tasting menu or just pop by the Deli by Darjeeling Express for our famous Masala Chai on to go.”
Julien Angot joins Darjeeling Express from PPHE Hotel Group and before that spent 16 years in the hospitality industry, and held many senior roles including, F&B Operation Manager at the Park Plaza Riverbank, and London Marriott Hotel Park Lane. Julien Angot was also Assistant F&B Director at the Royal Lancaster London during its renovation to a 5 star hotel. Originally from France, Julien's passion for hospitality started through his mom’s love to host dinner parties. Julien Angot holds a qualification in Hotel Management, is a Leadership graduate from London Business School and is certified by The Champagne Academy.
About Darjeeling Express
Darjeeling Express started as a dinner for 12 guests at home, serving Indian food lovingly cooked from family recipes that go back to generations.
Asma Khan is the chef and owner of Darjeeling Express. In 2015, she opened a pop-up in a Soho pub to much acclaim, and Darjeeling Express the restaurant opened its doors in June 2017. A year later, her debut cook book “Asma’s Indian Kitchen” was published by Pavilion on 4th October 2018. The book was the winner in the U.K. category for food publishing in Indian cuisine in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Asma is the first British chef to feature in Netflix's Emmy nominated Chef's Table. Her episode also received a 2020 James Beard Award nomination.
Business Insider named her Number 1 on their list of "100 Coolest People in Food and Drink". The Evening Standard listed her in The Progress 1000 as one of London’s most influential people 2019. She has been included in the eighth edition of the GG2 Power List –profiling Britain’s 101 most influential Asians and she is now the first chef to be featured on Vogue's list of 25 most influential women of year for 2020.
An all-women team of housewives runs the kitchen at Darjeeling Express, and have been doing so from day one.
The award-winning Darjeeling Express Restaurant is reopening in Covent Garden (2a Garrick Street, WC2E 9BH) on 18th November first with take away Deli by Darjeeling followed shortly in December by the Restaurant.
The restaurant will be offering new tasting menus for sit-down dining Wednesday through Saturday, a Sunday brunch and a new Deli with take-away available 7 days a week serving all the dishes Darjeeling Express has become famous for. For more information, please visit the Darjeeling Express website at www.darjeeling-express.com . Follow Darjeeling Express on Twitter: @Darjeelingldn
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