Helena Puolakka

Helena, originally from Finland is currently overseeing two restaurants within the D&D London Portfolio; Chef Patron at Aster, the Nordic-French inspired restaurant and at Skylon at Royal Festival Hall.  Helena creates Nordic cuisine taken from her Finnish heritage complemented by classic French techniques refined over her career.

During Helena’s 22 years working in kitchens she has worked with some of the world’s most renowned chefs and in some of the world’s greatest kitchens including three-Michelin-Starred La Tante Claire, London and three-Michelin- starred eatery, Pierre Gagnaire in Hotel Balzac, Paris. Helena originally joined D&D in 2007 staying for six years before moving on as Culinary Director for Cirrus Ins and two years later the Royal Opera House restaurants. She returned to D&D in 2017 to open Aster as Chef Patron in 2018 and she has taken on the at Skylon.

“Working for Pierre Koffmann for five years has been my true apprenticeship to fabulous cooking

Helena Puolakka