Tom is a professional English chef who has worked at a variety of British restaurants, including the Michelin starred Rhodes in the Square and Adlards.
With his wife Beth, he opened the gastropub The Hand & Flowers in 2005 and within a year claimed his first Michelin star. In the 2012 list, he won a second Michelin star, the first time ever a pub has done so. He has also become a celebrity in his own right with appearances on the Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen. His signature dish is his take on a hog roast involving cooking pork belly in a bain-marie, which is then wrapped in skin and roasted. This is accompanied by a stuffed pig’s trotter.
He attended Saintbridge secondary school in Gloucester and began cooking for himself and his younger brother after school while his Mum was at work. After initially appearing in several small television parts as a child actor, he decided to attend culinary school at the age of 18. Tom states that he found Marco Pierre White‘s White Heat cookbook inspiring, and states that it encouraged him to pursue his career as a chef.
His first role in a professional kitchen was as a commis chef at Calcot Manor in Tetbury in 1991. He moved around several restaurants as a chef de partie before joining Rhodes in the Square under Gary Rhodes as a sous chef in 1999.
He spent a further two years as sous chef at Odettes in London. In 2001 he became a head chef for the first time, at Bellamys Dining Room, and then at Great Fosters in Surrey. He moved back to London to become senior sous chef at Monsieur Max until 2003, before moving to Adlands in Norwich as head chef once more. In 2005 he opened his own gastropub, called The Hand & Flowers, which gained a Michelin star in 2006. The Hand and Flowers gained a second Michelin star in the 2012 list, becoming the first pub ever to hold two Michelin stars.
Tom has appeared on television in series five and six of the Great British Menu, supplying main courses to the final banquet on both occasions, and has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen.
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In 2011 Tom Kerridge became Nestlé’s first Chef Club ambassador, supporting gifted young chefs by providing inspiration and collaboration along with access to offers, promotions, industry events and master-classes.
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