Ruth Hansom

For someone so young, it is remarkable how much Ruth Hansom has already achieved as a chef having worked at The Ritz when it achieved its first Michelin star, as well as making it to the 2020 Great British Menu final.

Birthday: 03 October 1995

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Having become the first female winner of Young National Chef of the Year as well as having worked in kitchens such as The Ritz by the age of just 21, Ruth Hansom is still constantly reaching new culinary heights and is fast becoming one of England’s most exciting chefs.

Having enjoyed cooking since she was a young child, Hansom first found her way into the food world by taking part in Springboard’s Future Chef competition for children under the age of 16. After finishing in an impressive second place in the national final, she was offered a scholarship by Westminster college to begin her culinary training.

This soon led to Hansom doing an apprenticeship at the prestigious Ritz Hotel which she completed with distinction, leading to a full-time position in the kitchen. Everything snowballed from there with The Ritz achieving its first ever Michelin star while she worked in the kitchen as chef de partie. On top of this, a whole host of awards started coming her way including a graduate award from Craft Guild and the title of Master Chefs of Great Britain’s Young Chef of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.

In 2018 Hansom appeared on BBC’s Million Pound Menu, where she and her business partner Emily Lambert received a £1million investment in their restaurant concept Epoch. Despite the concept never coming to fruition, she was then appointed head chef of the Wernher restaurant at the Luton Hoo Hotel before moving to Pomona’s in Notting Hill where she focused on a more relaxed style of menu.

One of her most recent successes came in the form of reaching the National finals of the 2020 series of BBC’s Great British Menu where she came incredibly close to taking her fish course all the way to the banquet. Despite this, the judges were impressed enough by he cooking to ask her to cook her ‘golden snitch’ themed amuse bouche at the final celebration which celebrated children’s literature.

Hansom continued to take on new challenges with her being on the opening team for The Princess of Shoreditch’s revamped restaurant space in 2021, where she oversaw the kitchen. In 2022 she announced she would be leaving the pub, handing over the reigns to chef Simon Bonwick. In an announcment made via Instagram she said she was stepping away to "reflect, learn some new tricks and strengthen the old".

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Who is Ruth Hansom?
Ruth Hansom is a British chef who has appeared on both Million Pound Menu and Great British Menu. She currently heads up the kitchen at popular gastropub, The Princess of Shoreditch

How old is Ruth Hansom?
Ruth Hansom was born on the 3rd of October 1995, making her 25 years old at the time of writing

What happened to Epoch Restaurant UK?
Hansom and her business partner, sommelier Emily Lambert, secured the prospect of a £1 million pound investment in their Epoch restaurant concept on the 2018 series of Great British Menu. However, the restaurant never actually came to fruition, with Hansom instead taking up a role at Californian-inspired restaurant Pomona's in Notting Hill (Pomona's has since closed permanently)

Ruth Hansom's TV Shows

Ruth Hansom is a young chef to watch and has already made her mark on the UK's television scene with a few spotlight appearances. Check out where you can watch her cooking up a storm below: 

Great British Menu
2020 - 2020

Great British Menu

Million Pound Menu
2018 - 2018

Million Pound Menu