Series Three of Chefs of Tomorrow is kicking off at the wonderful Charlotte’s W5 in Ealing London on Monday 20 February. Get your tickets here.
A little about Charlotte’s W5…
Charlotte's Group owner Alex Wrethman, an Ealing local, has created three excellent neighbourhood venues, launched a Gin School supporting small batch producers, and is passionate in improving the hospitality industry (Alex is a key person in the Tipping Point Campaign) – and so the group’s third space, Charlotte’s W5, feels like a great match for us at the TMRW project!
We’re a fan of a great story about how people have found themselves in the hospitality industry and Alex's is a lovely tale. Alex got his first job, aged 15, at a local restaurant called Charlotte’s Place – starting as a pot wash and moving on to training as a chef, alongside Charlotte herself. He fell in love with hospitality and the environment of the family run business. Skip forward a few years, after studying in Manchester, Alex was back in London having dinner with Charlotte, she confided she was ready to retire and offered him the restaurant. And so a deal was stuck over wine and friendship. The family business ethos and neighbourhood vibe is one of the key elements to Charlotte's Group, even as it has grown to include multiple sites. Read more about Alex and Charlotte's Group story here.
Alex and his team have been leading the charge in changing the face of London’s western boroughs restaurant scene, picking up 2 AA rosettes and being named among the Best Restaurants in London and the UK. They have also been successful in restoring beautiful spaces – after all, converting old buildings can’t just be left to East Londoners!
In 2013 Alex was offered the opportunity to restore a near-derelict Victorian stable block in Dickens Yard and the embraced the challenged. These incredible space opened as Charlotte’s W5 early 2016. Below are photos of the transition!