Tom Kerridge was born and raised in Gloucestershire and joined culinary school in Cheltenham at the age of 18 – where he first fell in love with the industry. His kitchen career kicked off in country houses and hotels across Gloucestershire where he worked as a junior chef. In his early twenties, Tom moved to London to work with the likes of Philip Britton, Gary Rhodes and Steven Bull from whom he learnt and grew his skillset.
He later became the head chef of Adlards, a Michelin starred fine dining restaurant that served modern British food. It wasn’t until 2005 that Tom’s restaurant journey began at The Hand and Flowers of Marlow, where Tom and his wife Beth turned the run-down pub into a Michelin starred gastropub in the very same year.
The Hand and Flowers soon became a blinding success as it achieved its second Michelin star in 2012, making it the first gastropub to receive two stars in Michelin history. The success of the team led to the opening of its sister pub – The Coach of Marlow which similarly serves refined British classics and too became renowned for its high quality of food and cosy atmosphere. The Coach followed suit as it grew in culinary acclaim, achieving its first Michelin star in 2018. Today, you can also find Tom and his crew of culinary Pirates behind the scenes of The Bull & Bear of Manchester, Kerridge’s Bar and Grill of London and even The Butcher’s Tap of Marlow – Tom’s traditional butchers shop that serves the highest quality meat prepared by expert butchers.
Tom’s love for food doesn’t stop at the kitchen, he’s all about the eating experience. Which led him to fuse his love for food, music, good beer and good company into his own food festival. Eat, drink and listen to live music with your friends and family at locations across the country with Pub In The Park.
Awards & Press
- Michelin 2 Stars