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Tom Aikens is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs, still holding the record as the youngest chef to gain two Michelin-stars. His remarkable career has taken him to David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire in Chelsea, Joël Robuchon in Paris, Gerard Boyer’s in Reims and Pied-à-Terre in Fitzrovia to name a few. It was at the latter that Tom was awarded two Michelin stars, aged just 26.

Tom remained at Pied-à-Terre for five years, then went on to open his immensely successful eponymous restaurant, Tom Aikens (2003-2014), which won a Michelin Star in its first year of opening, followed by ‘Rising-Two-Star’ status and 5 AA Rosettes in 2008. Tom opened Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea in 2006, serving comfort food favourites and seasonal specials until 2019.

He also has an international presence, with three separate eateries at the Abu Dhabi Edition most recently in 2018. Tom has written three books; Cooking (2006), Fish (2008), and Easy (2011), and has made several appearances on television, reaching the final banquet of 2013’s Great British Menu on BBC2 in aid of Comic Relief, and is now a veteran judge on Great British Menu. Making other numerous TV appearances on a GBM Christmas special, taking part as a chef not a judge, then also on the very riveting channel four snack masters.

Vera Loulou About Author

Born in Russia and raised in NYC, I moved to Paris to pursue my gastronomic dreams as well as to meet the city’s most renowned chefs.