One of England’s most talented chefs with an equally impressive background, Shay Cooper started cooking as a Commis Chef in 1997. Since then he’s worked at Juniper Restaurant in Altrincham, The Vineyard at Stockcross, and was later named Head Chef at Hotel Endsleigh in Devon where he gained 3 AA rosettes.
A move to The Bingham in Richmond, Surrey followed, leading to another 3 AA Rosettes and Shay’s first ever Michelin Star. Shay was named ‘Hotel Chef of the Year’ at the Cateys in 2010. More recently, Shay has taken over at the helm of the famous Goring kitchen in Belgravia, London, and in September 2015 The Goring’s first ever Michelin Star was awarded.
On awarding the restaurant it’s first ever Michelin Star, the Guide’s editor, Rebecca Burr, said: “The food at The Dining Room at The Goring is a really pleasing mix of British classics and lighter, more modern dishes, all prepared with great skill and understanding.”
The Goring stands out from the crowd as London’s last family-owned luxury hotel, with over a hundred years of passion for hospitality and commitment to service.
In the luxurious setting of a five-star London hotel, The Dining Room is beautifully elegant – a place where traditional and delicious British food triumphs. The holder of its first Michelin star – one of only four London restaurants to be awarded their first star- three AA Rosettes and as the only Relais & Châteaux hotel restaurant in London, The Dining Room offers an impeccable yet fun dining experience, under the direction of Executive Chef Shay Cooper.
The Goring sources fresh, high-quality ingredients from suppliers across the British Isles, from Romney Marsh lamb to fish from the Cornish coast, as part of its commitment to serving the finest British food.
Shay and his team make fabulous use of the revered Clarence Court hens’ eggs – essential for The Dining Room’s legendary breakfast, mouth-watering Eggs Drumkilbo and indulgent lobster omelette. The Goring’s forager provides a selection of truffles and wild herbs to perfectly complement each dish, and it remains one of the last London restaurants to serve roast rib of beef that’s impeccably carved from a silver trolley.
Royal Warrant: The closest hotel to Buckingham Palace, The Goring has been a firm Royal favourite for many years, since it first opened its doors. The coronations of George VI and Her Majesty The Queen saw the hotel filled with royalty attending these great occasions from all over the world. The Queen Mother also famously enjoyed Eggs Drumkilbo – a lobster and egg-based dish that remains one of the most popular dishes in The Dining Room. In 1990, George Goring accepted an O.B.E. from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace for ‘services to the hotel industry’. This was followed by the appointment of a Royal Warrant to The Goring in 2013 – the only hotel to have been awarded a Royal Warrant for hospitality services. Royal Warrants of Appointment are a mark of recognition to those who supply goods or services to the Households of Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh or His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
2015 has been an extraordinary year so far for The Goring, with the completion of a full refurbishment, the reveal of the stunning new Front Hall and now this wonderful achievement – the cherry on the cake!