Tom Kerridge

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Tom Kerridge

2 Michelin Starred Chef, Best selling author and currently on TV with BBC2

Tom Kerridge is the incredibly popular and loveable chef patron at the extraordinary two Michelin-starred The Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, which he opened with wife Beth in 2005. It was quite a moment for Michelin when the second star was awarded, and some say quite controversial. The world’s culinary press descended on Marlow following the announcement and discovered a special venue, team and chef there. Tom now has two further pubs – The Coach, which opened in 2014 and won a Michelin star in 2017, and The Butcher’s Tap, a butcher’s shop by day and a pub by night, which opened in 2017. In 2018, Tom opened his first London restaurant at the Corinthia Hotel; the restaurant is a British Brasserie-style dining room.

Tom is a great character with amazing presence, obvious warmth and an infectious laugh, so it wasn’t a surprise when he landed his own TV show. The brilliantly popular BBC2 series Proper Pub Food became a huge overnight success and excellent ratings, with Tom’s fan base growing weekly as the six-part series was broadcast. Accompanying the show Tom’s first book of the same title became a best seller. In 2014, Tom presented his second series Best Ever Dishes, which again proved extremely popular, along with his bestselling book of the same title.

Tom has also presented BBC2’s Bake Off Crème De La Crème (2016) The Food Detectives (2016), The Best of British Takeaways (2017) and Food and Drink (2015). He has appeared on shows such as Market Kitchen, MasterChef the Professionals, numerous BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and has competed and won the main course twice on BBC2’s Great British Menu. No-one else has ever won twice! In 2018, Tom presented BBC2’s new series Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge, which saw amateur artisan food producers showing off their incredible handmade food products.  His latest show The Hidden World of Hospitality lifts the lid on the hospitality industry.

In 2015, Tom’s book, Tom’s Table was published and topped the best seller charts, Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet followed in 2017 and soared to No.1 across all hardback non-fiction books; it has remained a best-selling title ever since. The book follows Tom’s personal weight loss journey and is filled with recipes that helped Tom to lose an incredible 76kg!

Tom then wrote a second diet book, Lose Weight for Good, published in January 2018, which had an accompanying TV series for BBC2. This book has been a smash hit success, topping the best seller charts for months to become the highest selling January hardback book since publishing records began!

Fresh Start was published in December 2018, also with an accompanying series on BBC2. In the series Tom recruits eight families keen to change their lives for the better, helping them discover that cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients will make them healthier, fitter and happier.

Tom has teamed up with The Great British Exchange to create a range of cookware and home ware. The range, which includes knives, textiles, ceramics, wood, enamelware and pans are all chef quality, beautiful products that have been designed by Tom in collaboration with British manufacturers using British materials.

Tom’s first catering job was a stint as commis chef at Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire. He also worked for Stephen Bull and Gary Rhodes before joining Odette’s in Primrose Hill. He ran the Michelin starred restaurant Adlards before deciding it was time to find his own place taking over a run-down pub in Marlow called The Hand and Flowers. The rest is history…

TAGS: Chefs/ Cook / Speakers

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