Mikael Jonsson’s Michelin-starred restaurant Hedone in London’s Chiswick has closed.
The restaurant, which has retained a star since 2012 and was shortlisted for a Newcomer Award at the 2013 Cateys, has been vacated after eight years of service. Jonsson launched the site in 2011 after touring the world as a food blogger.
While social media has been shut down for the prestigious restaurant, Jonsson’s bakery – which operates at Spa Terminus, Bermondsey – appears to remain open.
In a show of solidarity, chefs spoke out on the closure through social media – with some expressing concerns that the end of Hedone was a sign of doom for inventive restaurants that challenge the status quo.
Jackson Boxer of Orasay in Notting Hill, London, wrote on Twitter: “RIP Hedone. A great restaurant of real ambition. Unusual, divisive, single-minded, purposeful. The closures of Londrino Bonham’s Hedone suggest this is a brutal market for innovation and idiosyncrasy right now. Not good. Not good.”
Gary Usher of Elite Bistros added: “Hedone has closed today – big respects. Such a shame, I loved my experiences there. However the industry is not in trouble – the hospitality industry is the most positive, the most welcoming & the most exciting it’s been in the 20 years I’ve cooked in it.”.