Former Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year Mark Sargeant has returned to his roots with the opening of his first independent restaurant in his hometown.

Brasserie MS, an Art Deco-inspired restaurant with a focus on fine dining, has opened in Folkestone after months of preparation. Mark, a former Gordon Ramsay protege and Michelin star winner, is supporting himself at a time when restaurants are suffering from the cost of living crisis.

He said: “The industry faces a number of challenges, but that hasn’t deterred me. I wanted to bring something special to the city that I’m proud to call home and I’m glad I was able to achieve that.

Kent has some wonderful producers of fresh food and it’s important to me that it’s featured in The Brasserie. Not only does this reduce our food miles, but it also supports the local economy. Since working at Claridge’s, I have loved opening up my kitchen to guests. It offers a truly different dining experience and is perfect for a special night out.

Mark has rediscovered his love of classic French cuisine and his new restaurant makes the most of the plentiful supply of fish available on his doorstep. He also calls on all local suppliers for the seasonal products that feature on his refined menu.

Brasserie MS is open for lunch and dinner, and guests can also reserve a seat at the chef’s table and enjoy a unique menu of eight to ten courses, while getting a glimpse of how the bustling kitchen works. For more information on The Brasserie MS, visit: the-brasserie-ms.co.uk.