Pierre Koffmann arrived in England in the early 1970s, taking a position at Michel and Albert Roux's Le Gavroche in London. Within six months he was sous chef and soon after was appointed head chef of the Waterside Inn at Bray. At the Inn he was free to cook the food he wanted, and during his five years there he helped the Waterside achieve two Michelin stars.
In 1977 Pierre opened his own restaurant, La Tante Claire, in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. Within six years he had been awarded the maximum three Michelin stars, making him one of only three chefs in the United Kingdom to achieve such an accolade. The number of Britain's top chefs who have trained under Pierre Koffmann is incredible: Tom Aikens, Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, Bruno Loubet, Tom Kitchin, Jason Atherton, to name but a few.