[Ideas] Ruth Rogers: A River Café Story

  • 13/04/2016
  • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Brussels


A salon with Ruth Rogers

 Ideas  / 13th April 2016 / 7:30 - 10:30 PM.

Ruth Rogers, world renowned chef, author, entrepreneur and co-founder of Michelin starred River Café (London) talks of her experiences, food and life. More than a River Café story!


Ruth Rogers is a chef and co-founder of the River Café restaurant in London. She was born in Woodstock, USA, moved to London in 1967 to study graphic design – and never left. Having had no formal training as a chef, she opened the River Café with the late Rose Gray in 1987. The River Café developed a strong reputation for the seasonality and quality of its food, and its intense focus on authentic Italian cuisine. Ruth and Rose won a Michelin star for their rustic Italian cooking in 1997 and have sold more than a million copies of their recipe books. The restaurant has trained a series of successful chefs, including Jamie Oliver, April Bloomfield, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and Theo Randall. Ruth Roger is the wife of architect Richard Rogers.

Wednesday 13 April 12.30-2.00PM Lunch Talk

While in Brussels, Ruth Rogers talked to Brussels’ entrepreneurs about business and entrepreneurship. Ruth Rogers remains an exception in the mostly male-dominated restaurant industry. What’s the key to her success? Starting literally from zero? Being a rule-breaker? Unusually for the restaurant world, she employs an equal number of men and women in the kitchen and keeps distance from a pervasive macho, aggressive culture. Today, her restaurant, The River Café, has a reputation for breaking down barriers and redefining what it means to be a chef. Her story resonates across female entrepreneurs worldwide.


River Cafe Cook Book Easy (2013).

The River Cafe Classic Italian Cookbook (2009).

The River Cafe Cook Book (1996).



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