One of the UK’s most exciting young chefs and a Young British Foodies 2017 finalist, Will Bowlby is certainly a name you’ll be remembering for years to come on the London dining scene.
Will’s passion for food started when he was 10 years old after being inspired by Jamie Oliver. When he was just 16, he set up his own private catering company called will2cook which he kept going throughout school and beyond, and it helped him fund his year abroad after college and most of his university education.
Working in the kitchen at Le Cafe Anglais under the guidance of Rowley Leigh for two years, Will gained a wide a fundamental grounding in all aspects of the kitchen before making warmer climes of India. Setting up shop at Cheval in Mumbai as Head Chef for two years, within just a year the restaurant won the title of ‘Best New European Restaurant’ in South Mumbai. Will also spent some time consulting on the menus at Khyber, the oldest and most established restaurant in Mumbai. He then travelled around India on a food tour for six months before returning to the UK in 2014. Upon returning to London Will began working at the iconic Cinnamon Kitchen under the guidance of the esteemed Vivek Singh .
In 2015, Will was inspired to set up his own Indian restaurant and coincidentally the opportunity to join forces with Rik Campbell, his best friend from university, arose and together they opened Kricket at POP Brixton to critical acclaim. Serving up innovative Indian-inspired small plates, their second site in Soho opened this year in January with continued success.