Theo is a British celebrity chef who specializes in Italian cuisine. He is best known for his award-winning Italian restaurant, Theo Randall, at the Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel, and for being awarded a Michelin star at The River Café in London.
His restaurant career began at Chez Max in Surbiton, London, where he trained in classical cooking for four years before joining the team at The River Cafe in 1989. After leaving the famous River Cafe in March 2006, Theo spent the summer travelling the gastronomic footpaths of Italy and France, sourcing each country’s best suppliers in preparation for the opening of Theo Randall.
Theo Randall is a true “Italiophile”, he first visited Italy when he was six. Each year his parents would drive to Italy: one year going to Venice and Verona; the next travelling along the Ligurian coast or visiting the Cinque Terra, stopping off at restaurants, visiting small markets and filling up the car with artisanal delicacies to take home.
Such trips continue to inspire him today. Theo frequently returns to Italy seeking fresh inspiration, as well as reviving relationships with his existing suppliers. His extensive travels around Italy are evident in Theo’s menus.
Theo is fastidious in his use of only the best seasonal ingredients (his kitchen at the River Cafe was described as exercising “the toughest quality control department outside a German Car manufactory”) and his list of suppliers reads like a who’s who of the food industries finest, with only the most superior and dedicated earning a place between its covers.
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Theo collaborated with Pizza Express by creating four pizzas for their autumn 2008 menu. It was the first time that the chain had collaborated with a celebrity chef. He regularly attends food festivals, and participated in the prestigious Taste of London held in Regents Park. He has also been involved in the London Restaurant Festival.
A passionate home cook as well as a professional one, Theo loves nothing better than coming home to cook for his family and friends. Whilst Theo’s kitchen at home is a chef’s dream, his favourite place to cook is outside over a char-grill or in the wood fired oven at the end of the garden.
An invigorating and interesting speaker, Theo is in popular demand throughout the corporate market.
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