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Chef Toby Burrowes leaves Elystan Street

Published 7 February 2020

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Head chef of Elystan Street Toby Burrowes has announced he is quitting his role due to a “professional difference of opinion”. Burrowes has been head chef of Elystan Street since its opening in 2016. He moved with Phil Howard following four years together at The Square, where he worked through the ranks to sous chef.

The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2018, when Burrowes was just 28, alongside other accolades such as the AA Restaurant of the Year in London 2018. The Australian-born chef was also featured in our ’30 under 30′ list this year.

Announcing his departure on Instagram, Burrowes said “Well the time has come, I have stepped down as head chef at Elystan Street, due to a professional difference of opinion.” He went on to thank Howard for “taking me in straight off the boat and under his wing at The Square all those years ago, and for choosing me as the only one he took with him to Elystan Street to open it”.

“I wouldn’t be where I am in my career without him and we have some brilliant memories, best of my life… SO FAR!! And the team, they were the back bone, the operators! So a huge thank you past and present.” He continues “As it stands I am taking a short break from the stoves and i’ll be looking to step into something where I can spread my wings under my own name.”

We look forward to hearing about Burrowes’ next project…

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