Tom Kitchin

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Tom Kitchin
Tom Kitchin.jpg
Tom Kitchin, photographed in 2012
Born Edinburgh, Scotland
Spouse(s) Michaela Berseilus
Culinary career
Cooking style French cuisine

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.[1] After leaving school, he studied catering at Perth College before beginning an apprenticeship at the Gleneagles Hotel, near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross.[1][2] He has worked with Pierre Koffmann, Alain Ducasse, and Guy Savoy, all of whom have been awarded three Michelin stars.[3]

At the age of 29, he was awarded his first Michelin star, after The Kitchin had been in business for six months.[1] This made Kitchin the youngest Michelin star recipient in the world.[2] Albert Roux is reported to have said that Tom is the chef in Scotland most likely to win three Michelin stars.[1] 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.[4]

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".[5] In 2010 he was voted Observer Food Monthly's Cook of the Year.[4]

He has appeared as a guest judge and mentor on MasterChef,[2] and has competed on the Great British Menu.[1] He has recently hosted 2010 MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker for work experience at The Kitchin.[6]

In 2013 he appeared as one of the mentors in the series The Chef's Protege.

Personal life[edit]

Tom is married to Michaela Kitchin, who previously worked with the Savoy Group,[1] and designed the interior for Kitchin's second restaurant, Castle Terrace.[7] Tom and Michaela have four children.[8]

Since Christmas 2015, Tom has been a celebrity supporter of global international development charity, Mary's Meals, which is headquartered in Scotland, by supporting its annual "One More For Christmas" campaign.[9] As part of this campaign Tom featured in a video[10] showing viewers how to make "The Most Amazing Christmas Dinner", where he demonstrates how to set a place at the virtual dinner table, which provides a year's worth of meals for a child, at a cost of just £12.20 ($19.50 / €14.50).[11] As of December 2016, Mary's Meals provides daily meals in school for 1,187,104 children[12] in 12 developing countries.[13]


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