Tom Kitchin, photographed in 2012
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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. After leaving school, he studied catering at Perth College before beginning an apprenticeship at the Gleneagles Hotel, near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross. He has worked with Pierre Koffmann, Alain Ducasse and Guy Savoy, all of whom have been awarded three Michelin stars.
At the age of 29, he was awarded his first Michelin star, after The Kitchin had been in business for six months. This made Kitchin the youngest Michelin star recipient in the world. Albert Roux is reported to have said that Tom is the chef in Scotland most likely to win three Michelin stars. 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.
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". In 2010 he was voted Observer Food Monthly's Cook of the Year.
He has appeared as a guest judge and mentor on MasterChef, and has competed on the Great British Menu. He has recently hosted 2010 MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker for work experience at The Kitchin.
In 2013 he appeared as one of the mentors in the series The Chef's Protege
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