Robert Thompson (chef)

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Robert Thompson
Born24 May 1981
Culinary career
Cooking styleBritish cuisine

Robert Thompson was in 2007 the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star [1] in his own right. He achieved this at Winteringham Fields, Lincolnshire before again earning a star at The Hambrough restaurant in Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight. Thompson left the Hambrough in 2013[2] and in 2014 began working at the George Hotel in nearby Yarmouth.[3]. In 2015 Robert Thompson opened his first solo concept restaurant called Thompson's on the Isle of Wight in the town Newport.[4]


Born in Bedfordshire England, Robert Thompson was inspired to cook by brother Patrick and acquired a love of cooking at just 10 years old. After attending Thames Valley Community College, Robert started his cooking career with an apprenticeship at L'Ortolan in Reading then Sojourns at The Falcon and Chimney’s Restaurant. Robert settled as a commis chef in 2001 at Winteringham Fields under Michelin chef Germain Schwabb winning the 2006 Acorn Award.[5] Robert was named head chef two years later at the age of 23 after Germain retired. Here Robert was awarded his first Michelin star and listed as chef to watch for the future by journalist Jay Rayner.[6]

After maintaining two Michelin stars and winning one of his own, Robert departed for Waldo's at the Cliveden for one year [7] but was recruited to be the face of a hotel business on the Isle of Wight at The Hambrough in Ventnor.[8][9] Four months after taking on head chef duties in 2008, Thompson won the Isle of Wight its only Michelin star [10] and listed 20th best restaurant in the UK by the Good Food Guide as well as 18th in the Sunday Times Hardens Top 100.

Robert has now opened his first solo restaurant on the Isle of Wight in the town of Newport named Thompson's Restaurant [11]


  1. ^ Clay, Xanthe (29 September 2007). "The Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 29 September 2007.
  2. ^ Alder-Smith, Malcolm. "Comment: Robert Thompson". Matt and Cat's Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide. Pinkeye Graphics Ltd. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Pearce, Emily. "New team pledges big things for Isle of Wight hotel". Isle of Wight County Press. Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Robert Thompson opens his own restaurant in the Island's capital town". Taste of the Wight. Taste of the Wight. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Acorn Award". Retrieved 27 April 2006.
  6. ^ Rayner, Jay (15 December 2007). "Chefs to watch". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Robert Thompson". Retrieved 11 October 2007.
  8. ^ "Robert Thompson". Retrieved 13 June 2008.
  9. ^ "Robert Thompson". 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Robert Thompson". Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Thompson's opens tomorrow". Retrieved 31 July 2015.