Florence Knight

Florence Knight

Florence Knight is a Sunday Times columnist and head chef at Polpetto in Soho. She studied at London College of Fashion before deciding to follow her passion for food, studying at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She then went on to work with French master baker Richard Bertinet, as a pastry chef at the Diamond Club, where the kitchen was led by Raymond Blanc, and in 2010 joined Polpetto, the small Venetian-inspired restaurant owned by Russell Norman.
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One

By Florence Knight

Cooking's new golden girl. Guardian

The new kitchen goddess. Daily Mail

Each chapter in One focuses on recipes built around one particular store cupboard ingredient, such as ketchup, oil, salt and honey. The result is a host of modern European dishes that have appeal, longevity and a touch of elegance to boot. Olive

She made her name as head chef at London's Polpetto and now Florence Knight has brought out her first book, One. In it, she turns to the kitchen cupboard to create no-nonsense but creative food from her favourite ingredients - proving just how much can be achieved with a bottle of ketchup and some imagination. Waitrose Kitchen

Florence is the next big thing in cooking. Observer Food Monthly

'Less is more' typifies Florence's style. She cooks with delicacy and almost poetic simplicity but with a meticulous attention to detail that manifests itself in dishes of rare and delightful flavours. Russell Norman, Polpo


A volume that could be a manifesto for a minimalist culinary aesthetic.Cooking's new golden girl.The new kitchen goddessEach chapter in One focuses on recipes built around one particular store cupboard ingredient, such as ketchup, oil, salt and honey. The result is a host of modern European dishes that have appeal, longevity and a touch of elegance to boot.She made her name as head chef at London's Polpetto and now Florence Knight has brought out her first book, One. In it, she turns to the kitchen cupboard to create no-nonsense but creative food from her favourite ingredients - proving just how much can be achieved with a bottle of ketchup and some imagination.Florence is the next big thing in cooking.Italian food dominates, but Knight's childhood of family meals around the dinner table comes through in desserts such as jam roly-poly and steamed apple and treacle pudding.Her warm, personal recipes are collected in her first cookbook; plates of refreshingly simple courgette, honey and pecorino, and burrata pickled beetroot and rhubarb show off the ingredients beautifully. And Jason Lowe's photography captures that casual London chic the Polpo restaurants are famous for.An inspiring cookbook of dishes that focus on 10 key store-cupboard ingredients.She's young, gorgeous, a fashion college graduate, and formerly a head chef at uber-top table, Polpetto in London. If you're intimidated by all of this, you shouldn't be. Her culinary bag is uncomplicated and simple, but imaginative. A TV series can't be far off.A collection of simple yet mouthwatering dishes using Knight's favourite ingredients.Elegant and simple, refined yet rustic ... this book will definitely find its place on your bedside table as well as your kitchen counter.This is delicious, grown up food with a Venetian accent.One cook in line for the throne of Nigella, should her era ever come to an end is Florence Knight...the food is surprisingly delicate, imaginative and simple.[An] ease is found in Florence Knight's One: A cook and her cupboard, a volume that could be a manifesto for a minimalist culinary aesthetic.Cooking's new golden girl.The new kitchen goddessEach chapter in One focuses on recipes built around one particular store cupboard ingredient, such as ketchup, oil, salt and honey. The result is a host of modern European dishes that have appeal, longevity and a touch of elegance to boot.She made her name as head chef at London's Polpetto and now Florence Knight has brought out her first book, One. In it, she turns to the kitchen cupboard to create no-nonsense but creative food from her favourite ingredients - proving just how much can be achieved with a bottle of ketchup and some imagination.Florence is the next big thing in cooking.Italian food dominates, but Knight's childhood of family meals around the dinner table comes through in desserts such as jam roly-poly and steamed apple and treacle pudding.Her warm, personal recipes are collected in her first cookbook; plates of refreshingly simple courgette, honey and pecorino, and burrata pickled beetroot and rhubarb show off the ingredients beautifully. And Jason Lowe's photography captures that casual London chic the Polpo restaurants are famous for.An inspiring cookbook of dishes that focus on 10 key store-cupboard ingredients.She's young, gorgeous, a fashion college graduate, and formerly a head chef at uber-top table, Polpetto in London. If you're intimidated by all of this, you shouldn't be. Her culinary bag is uncomplicated and simple, but imaginative. A TV series can't be far off.A collection of simple yet mouthwatering dishes using Knight's favourite ingredients.Elegant and simple, refined yet rustic ... this book will definitely find its place on your bedside table as well as your kitchen counter.This is delicious, grown up food with a Venetian accent.Imaginative recipes inspired by simple ingredients.Florence Knight is head chef at acclaimed Soho restaurant, Polpetto.Florence is a rising star of the British food scene and has already generated massive PR coverage, having had interviews and features in Vogue, Stylist, Observer Food Monthly, The Times Magazine, Waitrose Kitchen, The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times and Grazia, amongst others.Florence has appeared as a guest chef on the TV show, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Three Good Things.Florence has won the prestigious Woman to Watch award in the 'Food' category at Red Magazine's Hot Women Awards 2012.Florence was recently listed in both the Evening Standard's 100 most influential people 2012, and Zagat's 30 under 30 awards for 2012.Florence's new restaurant, expected to open in late 2013, will generate ongoing PR coverage.

Florence Knight is an extraordinarly talented chef living and working in the heart of London's Soho.

'Less is more' typifies Florence's style. She cooks with delicacy and almost poetic simplicity but with a meticulous attention to dteail that manifests itself in dishes of rare and delightful flavours.

In this, her first cookbook, Florence turns her attention to the kitchen cupboard to create imaginative, honest food from her favourite ingredients: olive oil, flour, mustard, vinegar, salt, ketchup, nuts, eggs, honey and chocolate.

Each recipe in One will inspire you to think again about the everyday essentials in your pantry, and to learn the chef's art of simple cooking.

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"Head chef at Polpo, about to publish her first book – at 26, Florence Knight is the next big thing. She owes it all, she says, to her late father . . ."
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