Jason Atherton in 2008
September 6, 1971 |
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
|Cooking style||French/Italian cuisine|
|Education||Boston College, Lincolnshire
Army Catering Corps
Early life and education
The son of a Skegness hotelier and her joiner husband, Atherton ran away to London at the age of 16 when his parents were on holiday. After training at Boston College, Lincolnshire, he spent six weeks training with the Army Catering Corps, which he hated.
Jason Atherton has worked with chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Nico Ladenis, and Marco Pierre White. He joined the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001 as the executive chef for Verre in Dubai. In 2005, Jason returned to the UK and opened maze.
In November 2007, Atherton and Ramsay oversaw the launch of maze in the Hilton Prague Old Town. April 2008 saw the launch of maze grill, which sits alongside maze in Grosvenor Square. In 2009 Atherton opened maze in Cape Town at the One and Only Hotel and also maze restaurants in Melbourne and Qatar.
Atherton left Gordon Ramsay Holdings in 2010 to launch his own restaurant company, Jason Atherton Ltd. He launched his first independent restaurant venture, Table No. 1, at the Waterhouse at South Bund hotel in Shanghai in May 2010. His flagship restaurant has been awarded one michelin star, Pollen Street Social, opened in April 2011 in Mayfair. The restaurant has been ranked at number six in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants 2013. It was deemed London's best new fine dining restaurant in the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2011  and won New Restaurant of the Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2012. The restaurant has 3 AA Rosettes and has been named the BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year 2011.
In 2013, Atherton opened two different ventures, both in London. The first was Little Social, a French brasserie-style restaurant located opposite his flagship restaurant. A short while later he opened the more casual modern British restaurant, Social Eating House, on Soho's Poland Street. As well as his second venue in Shanghai, The Commune Social, headed by Chef Scott Melvin, formerly of Table No. 1. 
At the end of 2011 Atherton opened a tapas bar Esquina in Chinatown, Singapore, and in late 2012 opened two more ventures in Asia Keong Saik Snacks and 22 Ships.
Atherton’s recipes and articles have appeared widely in magazines and newspapers including: The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Observer Food Monthly, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Caterer and Hotelkeeper. Additionally, he demonstrates regularly on food shows in the UK and abroad. He is a regular guest on “Saturday Kitchen” and in June 2008, Jason won the third hugely popular series of BBC2’s “Great British Menu”, cooking both the starter and main courses at the "Gherkin" building in London. In 2009 and 2010 Atherton returned to “Great British Menu” as a host. He has also won “Chef Award” at the Catey Awards 2012.
"Maze: The Cookbook", published by Quadrille in 2008, has sold in excess of 50,000 copies worldwide. Atherton has also taken part in Phaidon’s Top One Hundred Emerging Young Chefs of the world book, entitled Coco. In April 2010, Atherton followed with his second cookbook: Gourmet Food for a Fiver (Quadrille).
In February 2012, Atherton partnered with Hong Kong Airlines to create an in-flight dining concept for customers on board its new flagship all Club Class service from London Gatwick to Hong Kong. Atherton also regularly takes part in food campaigns. Most recently, he has participated in: Warburton’s bread week, “Ten Star Tapas” with Tio Pepe, and the Greek tourist board “Kerasma” an effort aimed to promote Greek food in the UK.
Atherton is an active patron to the David Nichols Spinal Injury Foundation, Hospitality Action, and regularly volunteers with other charities including Leuka 2000, where his efforts have raised over £2m.
- "Maze: The Cookbook", published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd; hardback edition (18 April 2008)
- "Gourmet Food for a Fiver", published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd (16 April 2010)
In 2008, Atherton won the London and Southeast heat of the BBC Two programme Great British Menu – the judges were his old boss Oliver Peyton, alongside Prue Leith and Matthew Fort. He eventually won the starter and main course section in a public vote, in a meal served at The Gherkin, hosted by Heston Blumenthal.
- 1996: “Best Young Chef” in Britain by Jonathan Meades of The Sunday Times.
- 2000: “Acorn Award”, from Caterer and Hotelkeeper
- 2000: “Young Guns Food Award”, The Daily Express
- 2001: “Best Chef of the Middle East”, from Time Out Magazine, Dubai
- 2006: “Man of the Year”, from Arena Magazine
- 2008: “London’s Outstanding Chef”, from The Evening Standard
- 2012: “Chef Award” at the Catey Awards 2012
Atherton lives in southwest London with his wife and daughters.
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- Clay, Xanthe (16 May 2008). "Recipes: Jason Atherton's Maze Grill". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
- "5. Ramsay's rising star: Jason Atherton". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
- The Good Food Guide's top 50 restaurants - 8/31/2012 - Caterer and Hotelkeeper
- Winners of the Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards 2011 - Time Out
- Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2012: Full list of winners
- Pollen Street Social named BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year 2011 | Square Meal Feature
- "Social Eating House". The Handbook. February 15, 2013.
- Fischer, Justin. "Opening Soon: The Commune Social by Jason Atherton". SmartShanghai. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Raising the steaks with a flavour of America - Restaurants - Going Out - London Evening Standard
- Catey Academy :: 2012 Catey Awards
- "Jason Atherton". BBC Food. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
- "Saturday Kitchen – schedule". BBC Food. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
- Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100: Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social, l'esquina, Pollen, Table No 1 by Jason Atherton - 12/6/2012 - Caterer and Hotelkeeper
- Jason Atherton Revealed as Head of Table No. 1 in Shanghai | ehotelier.com News Archives