Irish chef Patrick Powell’s love for cooking began early on, inspired by collecting fresh produce from his grandmother’s vegetable garden. After studying culinary arts at GMIT, he apprenticed in Dublin’s Michelin-star L’Ecrivain, under the acclaimed Irish chef Derry Clarke. Following a culinary trip around South America, he spent a couple years at Cutler & Co in Melbourne, then known as Australia’s best restaurant. He then moved to London where his culinary career flourished. After honing his french cooking skills while running the kitchen for culinary legend Anthony Demtre at Wild Honey, he successfully ran Anthony’s popup at AD12 in the City’s Tower 42. This was followed by four years as Head Chef of London’s most talked about restaurant, Chiltern Firehouse, working under the creative direction of Nuno Mendes. His time there established him as one of London’s most promising emerging chefs. Patrick’s cooking style is understated, honest and product-driven. His refined modern European food caught the attention of Harry Handelsman of Manhattan Loft Corporation, the visionary behind St Pancras and Chiltern Firehouse. Harry invited Patrick to launch his upcoming restaurant, Allegra, on the 7th Floor of his ambitious new project, Manhattan Loft Gardens. Located in East London’s emerging cultural hub Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Patrick was attracted by the challenge of bringing a destination restaurant to an unexpected area. He shares Harry’s vision for a special occasion restaurant that goes back to the idea of what restaurants should really be about – making people happy through food and hospitality. Allegra at Manhattan Loft Gardens, designed by Space Copenhagen, the studio behind the world-renowned NOMA, will feature a vast rooftop garden with it’s own grown produce. Patrick is currently overseeing the restaurant’s development, working closely with Harry to realise the overall vision. Allegra is set to open in May 2019.