James Knappett (UK)

  • Chef's name: James Knappett
  • Restaurant: „Kitchen table“ at Bubbledogs
  • City: London
  • Country: United Kingdom
Fallow deer, sauce, celery purée, plum soaked in tea, 100% chocolate

James Knappett, alongside his wife Sandia Chang, opened bubbledogs in August 2012 at 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia. Knappett is Head Chef, while Co-Founder Chang is Sommelier, serving grower champagne and sparkling wine alongside their signature hot dogs. Hidden from sight behind a curtain at the back of bubbledogs is Kitchen Table: a 20-seat ‘chef’s table’ which sees Knappett and his team host intimate dinners with a daily-changing 12-course menu, made with meticulously sourced and foraged British ingredients. James takes inspiration from his time in the kitchens of world-renowned restaurants including; Noma, The Ledbury and Thomas Keller’s Per Se, where he first met Sandia whilst the pair were working at the New York institution. In 2014, Kitchen Table were awarded their first Michelin star. Three years later in 2017 James and Sandia were awarded The Welcome Service Award by Michelin, chosen because “they proved there could be harmony between the kitchen and service teams”. In 2018, Kitchen Table were awarded a coveted second Michelin Star.

Work experience

  • Gordon Ramsey Royal Hospital Road, 1999
  • Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, 2000
  • Per Se, 2005
  • Noma, 2008
  • Opened Bubbledogs & Kitchen Table 2012


  • First Michelin Star in 2014
  • Welcome & Service Award from Michelin 2017
  • Second Michelin Star in 2018