Tom Kitchin

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Tom Kitchin
Tom Kitchin.jpg
Tom Kitchin, photographed in 2012
Born Edinburgh, Scotland
Spouse(s) Michaela Berseilus
Culinary career
Cooking style French cuisine

Tom Kitchin, is a Scottish chef and owner of restaurant The Kitchin, where he became the youngest winner of a Michelin star. He had previously worked with several Michelin starred chefs including Alain Ducasse and Pierre Koffmann.


Born in Edinburgh, Kitchin attended Dollar Academy, a boarding school in Dollar, Clackmannanshire.[1] After leaving school, he studied catering at Perth College before beginning an apprenticeship at the Gleneagles Hotel, near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross.[1][2] He has worked with Pierre Koffmann, Alain Ducasse and Guy Savoy, all of whom have been awarded three Michelin stars.[3]

At the age of 29, he was awarded his first Michelin star, after The Kitchin had been in business for six months.[1] This made Kitchin the youngest Michelin star recipient in the world.[2] Albert Roux is reported to have said that Tom is the chef in Scotland most likely to win three Michelin stars.[1] His cooking style is to combine French techniques with seasonal Scottish ingredients, a style discussed in depth in his 2010 book From Nature to Plate.[4]

In July 2010, he opened his second restaurant, Castle Terrace, near Edinburgh Castle with Chef Dominic Jack. Chef Dominic Jack owns and runs the restaurant as a sister restaurant to The Kitchin, using the same style and "nature to plate philosophy".[5] In 2010 he was voted Observer Food Monthly's Cook of the Year.[4]

He has appeared as a guest judge and mentor on MasterChef,[2] and has competed on the Great British Menu.[1] He has recently hosted 2010 MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker for work experience at The Kitchin.[6]

In 2013 he appeared as one of the mentors in the series The Chef's Protege

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Michaela, who previously worked with the Savoy Group,[1] and designed the interior for Kitchin's second restaurant, Castle Terrace.[7] They have a son named Kaspar.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Devine, Cate (12 July 2010). "I’m ambitious, but I’m also very conscious that our fantastic life could change just like that". Herald Scotland. 
  2. ^ a b c Coventry, Laura (2 March 2011). "Masterchef guru Tom Kitchin reveals the gritty reality of life behind the range". The Daily Record. 
  3. ^ Blythman, Joanna (12 August 2006). "Restaurant Review: The Kitchin, 78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ a b "Tom Kitchin Voted Observer Food Monthly's Cook of the Year". Orion Publishing Group. 18 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Paskin, Becky (14 May 2010). "Tom Kitchin to open second Edinburgh restaurant". Big Hospitality. 
  6. ^ Waters, Debra. "Minutes with Tom Kitchin". Delicious. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dream Kitchin as Michelin-starred chef serves up plans to rival Parisian scene". Fife Today. 12 July 2010. 

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