Tom Kitchin

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Tom Kitchin
Tom Kitchin.jpg
Tom Kitchin, photographed in 2012
Spouse(s)Michaela Berselius
Culinary career
Cooking styleFrench cuisine

Thomas William Kitchin[1] 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.[2] After leaving school, he studied catering at Perth College before beginning an apprenticeship at the Gleneagles Hotel, near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross.[2][3] He has worked with Pierre Koffmann, Alain Ducasse, and Guy Savoy, all of whom have been awarded three Michelin stars.[4]

At the age of 29, he was awarded his first Michelin star, after The Kitchin had been in business for six months.[2] This made Kitchin the youngest Michelin star recipient in the world.[3] Albert Roux is reported to have said that Tom is the chef in Scotland most likely to win three Michelin stars.[2] 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.[5]

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

He has appeared as a guest judge and mentor on MasterChef,[3] and has competed on the Great British Menu.[2] He has recently hosted 2010 MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker for work experience at The Kitchin.[7]

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,[2] and designed the interior for Kitchin's second restaurant, Castle Terrace.[8] Tom and Michaela have four children.[9]

Since Christmas 2015, Tom has been a celebrity supporter of global international development charity, Mary's Meals, which has its headquarters in Scotland, by supporting its annual "One More For Christmas" campaign.[10] As part of this campaign Tom featured in a video[11] 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).[12] As of December 2016, Mary's Meals provides daily meals in school for 1,187,104 children[13] in 12 developing countries.[14]


  1. ^ "Thomas William KITCHIN - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)".
  2. ^ a b c d e f Devine, Cate (12 July 2010). "I'm ambitious, but I'm also very conscious that our fantastic life could change just like that". Herald Scotland.
  3. ^ a b c Coventry, Laura (2 March 2011). "Masterchef guru Tom Kitchin reveals the gritty reality of life behind the range". The Daily Record.
  4. ^ Blythman, Joanna (12 August 2006). "Restaurant Review: The Kitchin, 78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh". The Guardian.
  5. ^ a b "Tom Kitchin Voted Observer Food Monthly's Cook of the Year". Orion Publishing Group. 18 October 2010.
  6. ^ Paskin, Becky (14 May 2010). "Tom Kitchin to open second Edinburgh restaurant". Big Hospitality.
  7. ^ Waters, Debra. "Minutes with Tom Kitchin". Delicious. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Dream Kitchin as Michelin-starred chef serves up plans to rival Parisian scene". Fife Today. 12 July 2010.
  9. ^ Gerrard, Neil. "Chef profile: Tom Kitchin". The Caterer. The Caterer. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Chef Tom Kitchin's ultimate Christmas dinner - Mary's Meals". Mary's Meals.
  11. ^ Mary's Meals (13 December 2016). "The Most Amazing Christmas Dinner In The World with Tom Kitchin" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Donate - Mary's Meals - Mary's Meals". Mary's Meals.
  13. ^ "Who We Are - Mary's Meals". Mary's Meals.
  14. ^ "Where We Work - Mary's Meals". Mary's Meals.

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