A RENOWNED chef with two Michelin starred restaurants in the South Lakes is set to expand his restaurant group outside the UK.

Simon Rogan, owner of L’Enclume and Rogan & Co, both based in Cartmel, is planning to open two Lake District inspired restaurants in Hong Kong in Causeway Bay.

Aulis Hong Kong will be his first overseas establishment and will be an experimental hub where guests are seated directly opposite the chef and can watch him work as he prepares an eight to ten course menu.

The dishes served will not have been introduced in any of Mr Rogan’s restaurants, so guests will be given the first try of dishes before they arrive onto the menus.

Opening in early January 2019, the 12-seater Aulis Hong Kong is Mr Rogan’s third restaurant of this style.

Following the successful launch of Aulis Cartmel, within L’Enclume, in 2016, and Aulis London which opened in 2017 as a standalone development kitchen for his London-based team of chefs at Roganic.

In late February 2019, Mr Rogan is set to open his second restaurant in Hong Kong.

Roganic Hong Kong will bring the tastes of the Lake District to the region.

Focussing on natural wines and fresh, foraged ingredients is a continuation of his farm-to-table restaurant concept which has been so successful in the London based Roganic in Marylebone.

This announcement follows the news this week of Mr Rogan’s two Michelin star restaurant L’Enclume being named the fourth best restaurant in the country according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The restaurant was also ranked 16th in Europe for fine dining.

L’Enclume opened in 2002 and has become renowned for its innovative and unique dishes.

It was named Good Food Guide’s number one ranked restaurant in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year with a score of 10/10.

Simon Rogan was also named the AA Chef of the Year 2017, and currently holds multiple AA rosettes on all three of his restaurants both in Cartmel and in London.

Mr Rogan has also expanded his business in the Cartmel area, opening Rogan & Company in 2008, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2018.

He has also set up his own farm in the Cartmel Valley.

Opening in 2009, “Our Farm” allows Mr Rogan to grow his own produce to be used in his restaurants across the country.