Taking over the Mother pizza site at the Power station
Gordon Ramsay outside Street Pizza. Picture:batterseapowerstation.co.uk
Celebrity chef and Wandsworth Common homeowner Gordon Ramsay has opened a branch of Street Pizza in the arches of Battersea Power Station.
Part of four Street Pizza sites in London – the other three outlets are in St Paul’s, Camden and Southwark – Ramsay has taken over the site formerly inhabited by Mother pizza.
Danish owned Mother had become a popular pizza stalwart at the Power Station since its opening in 2017, known for its organic, sourdough fare made using purified seawater
However the company had been running a notice on its website saying it was closed until further notice, and Street Pizza has now taken over the cooking in its wood-fired oven.
You’ll now have to travel to Copenhagen if you want a taste of Mother’s ‘back-to-nature’ cuisine.
Street Pizza opened on April 12th with a £15 bottomless pizza deal.
Ramsay’s sourdough pizza is “served by the slice so diners can enjoy all of the restaurant’s signature toppings including Classic Margherita, Charred Aubergine, Pepperoni, Corn and Chorizo and a daily changing special”. Diners can wash it all down with signature cocktails or a craft beer.
Ramsay with one of his Street Pizzas. Picture: Instagram
The Michelin starred chef said of his new Battersea site: “London is an incredible city. From the banks of the Thames you can see some of London’s most famous buildings: The Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament and of course the iconic Battersea Power Station. For many years I would travel home to South London, after a late service, crossing the river in the shadows of those huge derelict chimneys. Never did I imagine that one day I would open a restaurant on such a historic site and become part of such a thriving community.”
Now the owner of quite the empire of restaurants including Petrus in Knightsbridge, the Bread Street Kitchen, the Savoy Grill and, of course, Battersea Square in Wandsworth, local foodies will no doubt remember Ramsay’s formative days at the infamous Harveys restaurant on Wandsworth Common. It was here that he flourished as a chef, working between 1988 and 1991 as owner Marco Pierre White’s protégé.
Following his stint at Harveys, the young Ramsay decided to learn more about French cuisine under the guidance of the legendary Albert Roux, and later moved to Paris. When he returned to the UK in 1993 he took up the position of Head Chef at La Tante Claire on Chelsea’s Royal Hospital Road, which was eventually to become his very own flagship, the eponymous Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
Today he is at the helm of a global restaurant business and currently holds seven Michelin stars.
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May 10, 2021