Philip Howard has been chef and co-owner of The Square since its opening in 1991. The Square was once located on King Street in St. James’s, but in 1997 it moved to Bruton Street in Mayfair. Whilst the style of his cooking has evolved and progressed, receiving many awards and accolades along the way, the fundamental backbone of his dishes remains unchanged. Howard, who presides over the kitchens as head chef, earned his degree in biochemistry at Kent University, but made an about-face to enter the culinary field.
Howard earned his first Michelin star for The Square only three years after it opened, and won the second in 1998. Howard has also won the Catey Chef Award (in 1998) from Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine, and the Award of Excellence from the Carlton London Restaurant Awards. When not working in the hot kitchen, Howard works up some heat of his own running, swimming, and skiing. He has run in the London and New York marathons. Impeccable seasonal ingredients are accurately cooked and brought together on the plate in a harmonious, elegant, yet satisfying manner.