Richard Shepherd’s career began as an apprentice in 1960 at the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Worcestershire. After periods at The Savoy, The Grand Hotel, Cap Ferrat, France, followed by a couple of years at La Reserve de Beaulieu, being the first Englishman to be a Chef de Partie, he returned to London’s Dorchester.
Later, he took a position at The Capital Hotel, another first, being the first Englishman to gain a Michelin Star in London, 1974. Richard decided to change direction and joined Langan’s in 1977, which went on to become one of London’s most iconic restaurants.
He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2000 for services to the hospitality industry.