Tom Aikens is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs. His remarkable career took him to David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Clare, Pied-a-Terre and Joel Robuchon in Paris to name a few. At 26, Tom became the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars. He is dedicated to serving only the highest quality, ethically sourced ingredients and continually supports The Environmental Justice Foundation to raise awareness of illegal ‘pirate’ fishing and diminishing fish stocks.
Tom currently has three Tom’s Kitchen sites: the Chelsea original, which opened in 2006, Canary Wharf (2013), and the first UK site outside of London opened in Birmingham’s The Mailbox in December 2016. There are also two Tom’s Kitchen Delis, adjacent to the restaurants in Canary Wharf, and Birmingham. Further afield, Tom opened The Pawn in Hong Kong (2014), an informal restaurant and bar, serving a mixture of British classics, brunch-style dishes and some of his more technically assembled creations, plus a rooftop garden, which Tom uses to create his dishes.
Tom also launched a new sharing concept, Pots, Pans & Boards, in Dubai (2015). Tom works closely with various charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Campaign, Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign, and School Food Matters where he teaches young children basic cooking skills. He has also written three books: Cooking (2006), Fish (2008) and Easy (2011), and has made several appearances on television.