Robert Thompson (chef)

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Robert Thompson
Born May 24, 1981
Cooking style French cuisine
Official website

Robert Thompson is the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star [1] in his own right. Owner of The Hambrough restaurant on the Isle of Wight and previously worked with Michelin Chef Germain Scwabb at Winteringham Fields in Lincolnshire.


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.[2] 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.[3]

After maintaining two Michelin stars and winning one of his own, Robert departed for Waldo's at the Cliveden for one year [4] but was ultimately seduced by running his own business on the Isle of Wight at The Hambrough in Ventnor.[5][6] Four months after taking on head chef duties in 2008, Thompson won the Isle of Wight its first Michelin star [7] 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 Thompson has recently purchased the historic Ventnor Winter Gardens which will be redeveloped into a 36 bedroom hotel with 2 restaurants.[8]


  1. ^ "The Telegraph". Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "Acorn Award". Retrieved 27 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "Chefs to watch". Retrieved 16 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Robert Thompson". Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Robert Thompson". Retrieved 13 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Robert Thompson". 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Robert Thompson". Retrieved 18 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ventnor Winter Gardens". Retrieved 21 April 2011.