Tom Kerridge is the incredibly popular and loveable chef patron at the extraordinary two Michelin-starred The Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, which he opened with wife Beth in 2005. 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. He now has two further pubs, The Coach which opened in 2014 and won a Michelin star in 2017 and The Butcher’s Tap, a butchers by day and a pub by night, opened in 2017. In 2018, Tom will be opening his first London restaurant at the Corinthia Hotel.
Tom is a great character with amazing presence, obvious warmth and an infectious laugh, so it wasn’t a surprise when Tom landed his own TV show. The brilliantly popular BBC2 series Proper Pub Food became a huge overnight success with excellent ratings with Tom’s fan base growing weekly as the 6 part series was broadcast. Accompanying the show Tom’s first book of the same title became a best seller. In 2014, Tom presented his second series, Best Ever Dishes, which again proved extremely popular, along with his bestselling book of the same title.
Other TV series he has presented includes BBC2’s Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge (2018) Bake Off Crème De La Crème (2016) The Food Detectives (2016), The Best of British Takeaways (2017) and Food and Drink (2015). Tom has also appeared on shows such as Market Kitchen, MasterChef the Professionals, numerous BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and has competed and won the main course twice on BBC2’s Great British Menu. No-one else has ever won twice!
In 2015, Tom’s book, Tom’s Table was published and topped the best seller charts and his book, Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet has been his best-selling book to date. Upon its release it soared to No.1 across all Hardback non-fiction books and has remained a best-selling title ever since. The book follows Tom’s personal weight loss journey and is filled with recipes that helped Tom to lose an incredible 76kg! Tom then wrote a second diet book, Lose Weight For Good, published in January 2018 which has an accompanying TV series for BBC2. Also a bestseller, this book is the highest selling January hardback book since records began.
Tom has teamed up with The Great British Exchange to create a range of cookware and homeware. The range, which includes knives, textiles, ceramics, wood, enamelware and pans are all chef quality, beautiful products that have been designed by Tom in collaboration with British manufacturers using British materials.
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. He ran the Michelin starred restaurant Adlards before deciding 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…