James Tanner

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James Tanner
Born (1976-11-28) 28 November 1976 (age 37)
Maidstone, Kent
Culinary career
Website
Restaurant Website

James Tanner (born 28 November 1976) is a British chef and television personality, best known for co-owning the Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth and cooking on various TV programmes.

In 1999, Tanner and his brother Chris set up Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth. Since then he has appeared on the BBC cookery programme Ready Steady Cook and more recently the ITV Breakfast programme Lorraine.[1]

Early life[edit]

The third of four brothers, James was born in Maidstone, Kent.

Tanner began his catering career, preparing salads and starters, in "Brookers Oast" a Whitbread Brewers Fayre in Kent in the early 1990s After studying hotel management[2] he worked in the kitchens of several restaurants, often with his older brother, fellow celebrity chef Chris Tanner.[3] James Tanner worked his way up through the ranks until he was invited by the Roux brothers, Michel and Albert, to move to the US[4] and work in upstate New York, where he was Chef de partie at the Lake Placid Lodge. Within four months he was promoted to junior Sous-chef.[2]

Career[edit]

Tanners Restaurant opened in Prysten House in Plymouth

James worked his way up the ranks and on returning to England took a job under Martin Blunos at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Lettonie in Bath before a Head Chef role at Right on the Green in Kent.[2]

In 1999, aged 23, Tanner and his brother opened Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth.[5][6]

In Spring 2006, James and his brother opened a second restaurant in Plymouth. The Barbican Kitchen is a brasserie sited within the Plymouth Gin Distillery, a 500 year old building in the heart of Plymouth's oldest area, The Barbican.[7]

In April 2011, the Tanner brothers opened The Kitchen Cafe, serving snack style foods as an offshoot from the brasserie style cuisine.[8]

In early 2014, the bothers bought a pub in Bidborough in Kent for £1.5m. It is set to open in May 2014.[9]

Television[edit]

James Tanner (right) with Ainsley Harriott and Lesley Waters on set of Ready Steady Cook in 2004

Tanner's television career began in 2002 when he and brother made their first TV appearance on a competition called 'Chef Stars', a promotion run by UKTV Food and broadcast predominantly on their now cancelled Great Food Live. The brothers did not make it through to the final.

Tanner became a semi-regular guest on Great Food Live which was shot at the same studios as Ready Steady Cook. He was recommended to audition for the show and became a regular. At the heart of his style during his TV appearances is the repetition of his catchphrase "Like so", used in order to make various culinary techniques seem easy, encouraging members of the public to give them a try, and also to assuage viewers' fears of unfamiliar ingredients, as well as "dig down deep".

Since 2010, Tanner has been a regular chef on the ITV Breakfast programme Lorraine.

Tanner also occasionally appears on Saturday Kitchen.[2]

Guest appearances[edit]

Books[edit]

  • For Chocolate Lovers - Published 5 October 2006, co-written by Chris Tanner
  • Ice Cream - Published 25 March 2008, co-written by Chris Tanner
  • James Tanner Takes 5: Delicious Dishes Using Just 5 Ingredients - Published 30 September 2010
  • Old Favourites, New Twists: 100 classic recipes with a difference - Published 11 July 2013

Personal life[edit]

James has a daughter Megan.

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