27 July 1973
Thomas Kerridge (born 27 July 1973) is an English Michelin-starred chef who has worked mainly in the United Kingdom. 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 Michelin starred Rhodes in the Square and Adlards.
With his wife Beth Cullen-Kerridge, he opened the pub, The Hand & Flowers in 2005 and within a year gained his first Michelin star. In the 2012 list, he won a second Michelin star, the first time a pub had done so. Tom then went on to open a second pub in Marlow, The Coach, which has also won a Michelin star. More recently Tom opened The Butcher’s Tap (butchers and pub under one roof) and opened his first London restaurant in 2018 at Corinthia Hotel London.
Kerridge, whose parents divorced when he was eleven, was the elder of two brothers. His mother held down several jobs while moving the now single-parent family around several housing estates in Gloucestershire. He attended Saintbridge Secondary School in Gloucester, and began cooking for himself and his younger brother after school while his mother was at work. Kerridge enjoyed riding his bike and visiting Westonbirt Arboretum.
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 eighteen he decided to pursue his love of cooking instead of an acting career. 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.
His first role in a professional kitchen was as a commis chef at Calcot Manor in Tetbury in 1991. Tom 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. He moved around several restaurants as a chef de partie before joining Rhodes in the Square as sous chef under Gary Rhodes in 1999.
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. Kerridge has said, "We were cooking fantastic food but it was a huge amount of pressure. I’d be there at 7:20 in the morning and leaving at 1 o’clock the next morning, six days a week. You’d never see daylight. I did that for three and a half years and loved it! Everything about it is full on; and you have to love that about it. The buzz of completing the service and finishing late at night is incredible."
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, called The Hand & Flowers, which gained a Michelin star in 2006. The Hand & Flowers gained a second Michelin star in the 2012 list, becoming the first pub ever to hold two Michelin stars.
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.
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, and has subsequently appeared as a judge on the programme every year since competing and has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen.
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.
January 2014, Kerridge's gastropub - The Hand and Flowers was named the UK's top gastropub for the third consecutive year at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.
Kerridge co-presented the 2016 BBC Two series The Food Detectives with Sean Fletcher and Alice Roberts. 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.
In 2017, Kerridge launched Pub in the Park in Marlow and continued the festival in 2018 in Marlow, Bath, Tunbridge Wells and Knutsford.
Kerridge has also launched his own catering business, LUSH by The Hand and Flowers, which launched in April 2018.
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.
In January 2019, he presented a BBC Two food programme called Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start.
On 19 September 2019, the chef's 10-part series called Tom Kerridge's American Feast, premiered on Food Network UK. The series sees Kerridge travel on a culinary road trip across America, from the Northern Californian Coast to the Florida Keys.
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. A hardback book of the same name was released to accompany the series.
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.
On 7 November 2012, Kerridge was among a number of chefs who joined in the cyber-bullying of a customer to 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 verbally abuse him on Twitter.
Kerridge does not cook often when at home and claims that his oven is the least-used appliance in his house.
Kerridge is married to sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge. He told 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."
On 21 December 2015, Kerridge's wife Beth gave birth to their first child, a baby boy they named Acey.
After turning 40 and weighing 30 stone (190.5kg), Kerridge managed to lose 12 stone (76.2kg) in five years through a combination of swimming, ditching alcohol, cutting down on carbs and using the dopamine diet (a type of diet that boosts your levels of the so-called 'happy hormone' so that it's easier to stick to your diet).
Restaurants owned or operated by Tom Kerridge
|Restaurant||Location||Rating||Date opened||Date closed||Ref|
|The Hand & Flowers||Marlow, Buckinghamshire||February 2005||-|||
|The Coach||Marlow, Buckinghamshire||1 December 2015||-|||
|The Butcher's Tap||Marlow, Buckinghamshire||17 November 2017||-|||
|Kerridge’s Bar & Grill||Corinthia Hotel London, Westminster, London||10 September 2018||-|||
|The Bull & Bear||Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester||15 November 2019||-|||
|2010 & 2011||Great British Menu||Contestant||2 Series|||
|2013||Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food||Host||6 episodes|||
|2014||Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge||Host||14 episodes|||
|Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes||Host||6 episodes|||
|2016||The Food Detectives||Co-host||Series 1; 6 episodes|||
|Bake Off Creme de la Creme||Host||Series 1; 8 episodes|||
|2018||Tom Kerridge's Lose Weight for Good||Host||6 episodes|||
|Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge||Host||Series 1; 8 episodes|||
|2019||Tom Kerridge's American Feast||Host||10 episodes|||
|Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start||Host||6 episodes|||
|2020||Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge||Host||6 episodes|||
|Tom Kerridge Barbecues||Host||12 episodes|||
|Saving Britain's Pubs with Tom Kerridge||Host||4 episodes|||
- 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
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- Rogers, Simon (7 October 2011). "Michelin stars 2012: get the full list of restaurants". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
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- "GQ Men Of The Year awards as it happened". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
- Tara Conlan. "BBC's Bake Off: Creme de la Creme will see best pastry chefs rise to the top". the Guardian.
- "BBC Two – Food Detectives". Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "BBC - BBC Two commissions low-calorie food series with Tom Kerridge - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
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- "Tom Kerridge's Coach earns a Michelin Star!". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
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- "Tom Kerridge to open Kerridge's Bar & Grill at Corinthia Hotel London". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
- "BBC Two commissions Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start". BBC Media Centre. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
- "Tom Kerridge's American Feast". Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- "Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge". Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- "Lose Weight & Get Fit: All of the recipes from Tom's BBC cookery series Hardcover". Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- "The Bull & Bear By Tom Kerridge Opens on 15th November". Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "'Recipes by old Tom, portion sizes by new Tom' - The Bull & Bear, Stock Exchange Hotel, reviewed". Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "TV Quickfire: Tom Kerridge talks all things barbecue in new Food Network series". Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- MacKay, Luke (8 November 2012). "Top chefs unite against blogger's review". The Guardian. London.
- Peck, Tom (10 November 2012). "If you can't stand the heat... Chefs sharpen knives for hapless blogger". The Independent. London.
- "You're a c*** and this is personal! Claude Bosi launches Twitter". Evening Standard. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- "My life in food: Tom Kerridge". The Independent. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- Pownall, Elfreda (7 October 2010). "Bloke cuisine: delicious recipes from Tom Kerridge". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- Stenning, Paul (24 November 2013). Success - By Those Who've Made It. Pg.83. In Flight Books. ISBN 978-1628475869.
- "How his Gloucestershire roots inspired top chef Tom Kerridge". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge's 12 stone weight loss: how the celebrity chef transformed his diet". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
- "Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100: Tom Kerridge, the Hand & Flowers". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Hand and Flowers". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Launch menu at Tom Kerridge pub revealed". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "The Coach". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "The Butcher's Tap". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Chef Eats Out: Kerridge's Bar and Grill, 20 January 2020 - Book your place!". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Corinthia Hotel London". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge to open Manchester's Bull & Bear restaurant in November". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
- "This is when top TV chef Tom Kerridge is coming to Devon". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Food Detectives". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Bake Off Creme de la Creme". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge's Lose Weight for Good". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge's American Feast". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge Barbecues". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- "Tom Kerridge on mission to save the British pub in new BBC2 series". Retrieved 23 October 2020.