Elliott Lidstone – The Empress

Elliott Lidstone

Elliott has headed up the Empress in Victoria Park, East London since January 2012, in which time he has been awarded an AA Rosette and a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand recognising great food at reasonable prices.  His pared-down style of cooking lets fantastic seasonal produce from local suppliers really shine and has brought critical acclaim to a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant.

Before moving to the Empress, Elliott spent 6 years at the Michelin-starred L’ortolan in Berkshire, two of which as Head Chef, and prior to that he progressed from Commis Chef to Junior Sous Chef in the kitchens of the 5 star Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire.

Now a proud resident of Hackney, Elliott grew up in Plymouth where he learnt the basics of cheffing in college and at local restaurants. A brief stint sweating in a kitchen in Burgundy, France, at just 18, confirmed that being a chef was for him and cooking has been his life ever since.