Ruth Rogers was born in New York City in 1948. She was educated at The Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Bennington College, and the London College of Printing. Ruth worked in the art department of Penguin books with David Pelham and later at Piano and Rogers Architects in Paris. Ruth and Rose Gray opened The River Cafe in 1987. The restaurant has been awarded the ‘Best Italian Restaurant of the Year’ and a Michelin Star in 1997, which they have retained ever since. In 1995 Ruth published her first cookbook with Rose Gray, The River Café Cookbook, and presented a 12-part series for Channel 4, The Italian Kitchen. They published a further 10 cookbooks, all of which have been on the best seller list. The most recent cook book, River Cafe 30, by Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray, Sian Wyn Owen and Joseph Trivelli was published on 5 October 2017, marking 30 years since the River Cafe first opened its doors.
In 2010, Ruth was awarded an MBE. She is on the panel of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award and is a trustee for the charities Refuge and Index on Censorship. Ruth also supports Maggie’s, The Dyslexia Institute and Democrats Abroad.