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The past two years have been hectic for chef Tom Aikens. Not only has he written his first cookery book, Tom Aikens: Cooking, but he also launched two informal eateries a stone’s throw from his eponymous Michelin-starred Chelsea restaurant.
Much-cited as the first British chef to complete a working stint at Ferran Adrià’s elBulli restaurant in Spain, Jason Atherton is currently one of the hottest chefs in town since he garnered critical acclaim after launching Maze in May 2005 under the Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) umbrella.
This past year has seen Rainer Becker and his business partner Arjun Waney launch a second Zuma site in Hong Kong, after the ongoing success of his London restaurant, which serves ground-breaking modern Japanese cuisine.
One of only a trio of three-Michelin starred chefs operating in the country at present, Heston Blumenthal’s rise to the top is even more remarkable considering that, bar a few weeks’ of work experience, he is entirely self taught. Born in London in 1966, he discovered a passion for food while on a family holiday in France.
With the opening of Wild Honey in 2007, all eyes were on Anthony Demetre and business partner Will Smith to see if they could mimic their success at award-winning Arbutus. The answer was a resounding ‘yes’, with Wild Honey taking the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant Autumn 2007 – a year after Arbutus took the 2006 title.
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