Cat Ashton, previously of Petersham Nurseries, has recently joined West London’s popular gastropub, Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, as head chef. Having been inspired by Jamie Oliver on television in her native Australia at the tender age of eleven, Cat has long pursued a culinary career. With humble beginnings working in bakeries and cafes in Byron Bay, Cat moved to Melbourne at seventeen for her debut into the fine dining scene. From Chef de Partie at Sarti to her career at Momo in Melbourne, having conquered Australia Cat forayed into the Turkish and Scottish food scenes before landing in London and finding a mentor in renowned chef Greg Malouf.
Drawing inspiration from quality, seasonal ingredients, as well as an array of flavours from around the world, Cat’s menu at Paradise is all about simple yet hearty cooking. Her innovative take on rustic Italian classics is reflected in dishes such as stinging nettle and ricotta ravioli; baby monkfish wrapped in prosciutto; and slow roast lamb shoulder.