Tom Kerridge

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Tom Kerridge
Kerridge speaks to the British Library in 2020
Thomas Kerridge

(1973-07-27) 27 July 1973 (age 50)
Salisbury, England[1]
SpouseBeth Cullen-Kerridge (m. 2000)
Culinary career
Cooking styleBritish/French
Current restaurant(s)
  • The Coach 1 Michelin star
    The Butcher's Tap
    Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
Previous restaurant(s)
Television show(s) Edit this at Wikidata

Thomas Kerridge (born 27 July 1973) is an English chef. After initially appearing in several small television parts as a child actor, he decided to attend culinary school at the age of 18. He has since worked at a variety of British restaurants, including the Rhodes in the Square and Adlards.

With his wife Beth Cullen-Kerridge, Kerridge opened a pub, the Hand & Flowers, in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, in 2005. Within a year he gained his first Michelin star. In the 2012 list, Hand & Flowers became the first pub to win a second Michelin star. Kerridge opened a second pub, the Coach, also in Marlow, which has also won a Michelin star. He opened the Butcher's Tap (butchers and pub under one roof) and opened his first London restaurant in 2018 at Corinthia Hotel London.[2]

Kerridge has appeared on the Great British Menu, MasterChef, and Saturday Kitchen and presented How to Lose Weight For Good and Top of the Shop, both for the BBC. Kerridge presented Bake Off: Crème de la Crème (2016) and presents Food and Drink (2015–present), both for BBC Two.

Early life[edit]

Kerridge, whose parents divorced when he was 11, is the elder of two brothers. His mother held down a number of jobs while moving the now single-parent family around several housing estates in Gloucester.[3] He attended Saintbridge Secondary School in the city,[4] and began cooking for himself and his younger brother after school while his mother was at work.[5] Kerridge enjoyed riding his bike and visiting Westonbirt Arboretum.[3]

He attended a youth theatre for three weeks when he was spotted and cast in the 1991 Christmas special of the BBC1 television show Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors. A number of other small television roles followed, but at the age of 18 he decided to pursue his love of cooking instead of an acting career.[5] Kerridge found Marco Pierre White's White Heat cookbook inspiring, and states that it encouraged him to pursue a career as a chef by attending catering college in Cheltenham.[4][6]


His first role in a professional kitchen was as a commis chef at Calcot Manor in Tetbury in 1991. Kerridge went to work under renowned chef Philip Britten at the Capital hotel, Knightsbridge. This was followed with three years at the Stephen Bull restaurant in Marylebone.[7] He moved around several restaurants as a chef de partie before joining Rhodes in the Square as sous chef under Gary Rhodes in 1999.[8]

He spent a further two years as sous chef at Odettes in London. In 2001 he became head chef for the first time, at Bellamys Dining Room, and then at Great Fosters in Surrey.[9]

He moved back to London to become senior sous chef at Monsieur Max until 2003, before moving to Adlards in Norwich as head chef once more. In 2005 he opened his own gastropub,[10] The Hand & Flowers, which gained a Michelin star in 2006[8] and a second Michelin star in the 2012 list,[11] becoming the first pub ever to hold two Michelin stars.[12]

Kerridge describes himself as "not a Michelin-star kind of guy", which influenced his choice to open his gastropub. His signature dish is his take on a pig roast involving cooking pork belly in a bain-marie, which is then wrapped in skin and roasted. This is accompanied by a stuffed pig's trotter.[10]

Kerridge has appeared on television in series five and six of the Great British Menu, supplying main courses to the final banquet on both occasions,[13] and has subsequently appeared as a judge on the programme every year since competing[14] and has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen.[15]

In February 2013 he appeared as guest chef on the BBC programme Food and Drink. He later became the co-presenter of the show in 2015.

In 2013 he presented his own BBC Two food programme Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food and then in spring 2014, he hosted Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge, which was aired in a daytime viewing slot on BBC One. September 2013 saw Kerridge win the coveted AA Chefs' Chef of the Year Award at the AA Hospitality Awards at the London Hilton Hotel.[16]

In January 2014, The Hand & Flowers was named the UK's top gastropub for the third consecutive year at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.[17]

September 2014 saw chef Kerridge win GQ's Chef of the Year award at the GQ Men of the Year awards held at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.[18][19]

In 2016, Kerridge presented Bake Off: Crème de la Crème for BBC Two.[20] He was replaced by Angus Deayton for the second series in 2017.

Kerridge co-presented the 2016 BBC Two series The Food Detectives with Sean Fletcher and Alice Roberts.[21] In 2017 he co-presented The Best of British Takeaways with Cherry Healey on BBC Two. In 2017, he presented Tom Kerridge: Lose Weight For Good for BBC Two.[22]

In 2017, Kerridge launched Pub in the Park in Marlow and continued the festival in 2018 in Marlow, Bath, Tunbridge Wells and Knutsford.

In 2017, Kerridge won the Chef Award at the Catey Awards.[23]

On 2 October 2017, Kerridge's Marlow pub, The Coach was awarded its first Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2018.[24]

Kerridge has also launched his own catering business, LUSH by The Hand and Flowers, which launched in April 2018.[25]

September 2018 saw the opening of Kerridge's first London restaurant called Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, at the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster. Head chef was Nick Beardshaw, who had previously worked with Kerridge at The Hand and Flowers and The Coach.[26]

In January 2019 he presented a BBC Two food programme called Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start.[27]

On 19 September 2019, the chef's 10-part series called Tom Kerridge's American Feast, premiered on Food Network UK. The series saw Kerridge travel on a culinary road trip across America, from the Northern Californian Coast to the Florida Keys.[28]

On 8 January 2020, the first episode of Kerridge's new 6-part TV series called Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge was screened on BBC2.[29] A hardback book of the same name was released to accompany the series.[30]

15 November 2019 saw the opening of Kerridge's latest restaurant called The Bull & Bear at Manchester's Stock Exchange Hotel, which is owned by former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, together with hotelier Winston Zahra.[31][32]

On 30 July 2020, Kerridge's 12-part TV series called Tom Kerridge Barbecues premiered on Food Network UK.[33]

In January 2021, Kerridge announced that he was teaming up with British Airways to create a new range of short haul economy food; part of the airline's Speedbird Café menu.[34] Kerridge had previously worked with British Airways in 2019 to design new long-haul menus for customers travelling with the airline throughout August of that year; part of the airline's centenary celebrations.[35]

On 6 September 2021, the BBC announced that Kerridge would be joining the judging panel for the next series of Great British Menu.[36]

Kerridge's The Bull & Bear restaurant closed on 31 December 2022 — staff were offered jobs elsewhere within the business.[37]


On 7 November 2012, Kerridge was among a number of chefs who joined in the criticism of a customer at his associate Claude Bosi's restaurant Hibiscus. James Isherwood had written on his blog Dining With James that he had not enjoyed his starter, leading Bosi and fellow Michelin star chef Sat Bains to abuse him on Twitter.[38][39][40]

Andy Lewis accident[edit]

On 24 October 2018, Andy Lewis, a chef employed by The Hand & Flowers, was severely injured after a pressurised stock boiler exploded, covering him in 200 L (44 imp gal; 53 US gal) of boiling stock.[41]

Speaking exclusively to website the Staff Canteen, Lewis explained the extent of his injuries, his recovery, and the effects it had on his mental and physical health.[41] In the interview, Lewis reiterated that despite being involved in the accident, it hadn't hindered his time at the restaurant, whilst crediting Kerridge for supporting him and his family through his recovery.[41]

Lewis spent seven months recovering from the injuries. After returning to the restaurant, he left The Hand & Flowers to take up a head chef position at the Sir Charles Napier Inn near Chinnor in Oxfordshire.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Kerridge does not cook often when at home.[42]

Kerridge is a lifelong Manchester United supporter[43] and has a number 7 tattoo[44] in honour of his favourite player, Bryan Robson. He is also a season-ticket holder of Marlow F.C.[45]

Kerridge is married to the sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge; the couple have one child, Acey (born 2015).[46][47] He told the author Paul Stenning: "My relationship with Beth is fantastic but in our first year living and working together she left me three times! It wasn’t what she was used to doing and for every penny you both own to be invested in the business, and for that to be virtually all you are doing with your time is hard. We had everything in our life in the one room and it was all above the place we were working, where I was putting in a 90 hour a week shift. It becomes a huge pressure on your relationship but it also cements it and makes it very strong. We’ve been through a lot together."[48][49]

After turning 40 and weighing 30 stone (190.5 kg), Kerridge managed to lose 12 stone (76.2 kg) in five years through a combination of swimming, ditching alcohol, cutting down on carbs and using the dopamine diet.[50]



Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed Ref
The Hand & Flowers Marlow, Buckinghamshire 2 Michelin stars February 2005 - [51][52]
The Coach Marlow, Buckinghamshire 1 Michelin star 1 December 2015 - [53][54]
The Butcher's Tap Marlow, Buckinghamshire 17 November 2017 - [55]
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill Corinthia Hotel London, Westminster, London 10 September 2018 - [56][57]
The Bull & Bear Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester 15 November 2019 31 December 2022 [58][59]
Kerridge’s Fish & Chips Harrods, London 11 June 2021 - [60]
The Butcher’s Tap & Grill, Chelsea Chelsea, London 5 December 2023 - [61]


Year Television series Role Notes Ref
2010 & 2011 Great British Menu Contestant 2 Series [62]
2013 Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food Host 6 episodes [63]
2014 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge Host 14 episodes [64]
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes Host 6 episodes [65]
2016 The Food Detectives Co-host Series 1; 6 episodes [66]
Bake Off Creme de la Creme Host Series 1; 8 episodes [67]
2018 Tom Kerridge's Lose Weight for Good Host 6 episodes [68]
Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge Host Series 1; 8 episodes [69]
2019 Tom Kerridge's American Feast Host 10 episodes [70]
Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start Host 6 episodes [71]
2020 Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge Host 6 episodes [72]
Tom Kerridge Barbecues Host 12 episodes [73]
Saving Britain's Pubs with Tom Kerridge Host 4 episodes [74]
2022 Great British Menu Judge Series 17 [75]
Tom Kerridge’s Sunday Lunch Host Food Network series; 6 x episodes & 1 Christmas special [76]
2023 The Hidden World of Hospitality with Tom Kerridge Host 8 episodes [77]
TBA Tom Kerridge Cooks Britain (w/t) Host TBA [78]


  • Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food (17 December 2013) ISBN 9781472903532
  • Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes (23 October 2014) ISBN 9781472909411
  • Tom's Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes (3 December 2015) ISBN 9781472909435
  • Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet (14 March 2017) ISBN 9781472935410
  • Lose Weight for Good (19 March 2019) ISBN 9781472949295
  • Lose Weight & Get Fit (14 January 2020) ISBN 9781472962829
  • The Hand & Flowers Cookbook (12 January 2021) ISBN 9781472935397
  • Tom Kerridge's Outdoor Cooking: The Ultimate Modern Barbecue Bible (27 May 2021) ISBN 9781526641427
  • Real Life Recipes (1 September 2022) ISBN 9781472981646[79]
  • Pub Kitchen: The Ultimate Modern British Food Bible (14 September 2023) ISBN 9781472981646[80]


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