River Cafe Ruth

The Week - Junior - - People -

Back when Ruth Rogers started her res­tau­rant, The River Cafe in Lon­don, things were dif­fer­ent. For a start, fe­male chefs were such a rare breed that the only avail­able chef’s uni­form came in men’s sizes. Rogers opened The River Cafe along­side her pal, Rose Gray. At the time, restau­rants were ei­ther shabby or so posh it was hard to re­lax. Dur­ing one visit to a res­tau­rant, Rogers re­mem­bers, ”the waiter came out with a knife be­cause we were half an hour late”.

The River Cafe is now 30 years old, and restau­rants have changed. More peo­ple than ever are pur­su­ing jobs as chefs, and The River Cafe has an at­trac­tive rep­u­ta­tion. It is, af­ter all, where Jamie Oliver started out. So what does Rogers look for in an em­ployee? ”Cu­rios­ity,” she says.

Ruth Rogers’ res­tau­rant is 30 years old.

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