One of the UK’s most recognised and loved chefs, we are extremely excited to have Tom Kerridge – the chef patron of the extraordinary two Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow – joining us at Taste of London.
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.
A massive character with an amazing presence, obvious warmth and an infectious laugh, it was no surprise when Tom then landed his own TV show. The brilliantly popular BBC2 series Proper Pub Food became a huge overnight success, with Tom’s fan base growing weekly as the 6-part series went on. To accompany the show, Tom wrote his first book of the same title which quickly became a best seller. In 2013, Tom also went on to present BBC1’s new afternoon cooking show Spring Kitchen.
Last year Tom presented his second series, Best Ever Dishes which again proved extremely popular, along with his bestselling book of the same title. Towards the end of 2014 Tom also took on the challenge of opening another restaurant, The Coach, which is also in Marlow. The Coach is a relaxed modern pub, open all day, every day and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and pub snacks. The Coach has a no reservations policy and has enabled more visitors than ever to taste Tom’s incredible take on traditional pub food.
In 2014, Tom took on hosting BBC2’s flagship cookery show Food and Drink. Tom cooked alongside other TV heavyweight chefs, championing seasonable produce and creating dishes accessible to everyone at home every Friday night on BBC2. Prior to having his own show, Tom appeared on shows such as Market Kitchen, MasterChef the Professionals and Saturday Kitchen, and has competed and won the main course twice on BBC2’s Great British Menu. No-one else has ever won twice!
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. After a spell at Monsieur Max in Hampton he moved to Norwich to take over running the Michelin-starred restaurant Adlards.
He then decided 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…