Chef biogs

mark hix 2012_jason lowePotted chef biography: Mark Hix

Mark Hix is an award-winning restaurateur and food writer whose hearty, seasonal British cooking is now among the most recognisable styles in London.

ashley palmer-watts dinner by heston 2012Potted chef biography: Ashley Palmer-Watts

Heston Blumenthal’s protégé discovered he wanted to be a chef when, as a teenager, he worked as a kitchen porter at a local Dorset restaurant. After short training stints at top UK restaurants, Palmer-Watts joined The Fat Duck, earning the position of head chef aged just 25.

jamie oliver 2012 copyright David LoftusPotted chef biography: Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's rise from Essex kid cooking at his parents' pub to multi-millionaire TV chef, author, campaigner and populist foodie hero has been phenomenal.

fergus henderson st john 2012Potted chef biography: Fergus Henderson

Fergus Henderson (pictured, left, with business partner Trevor Gulliver) is a self-taught British chef whose Michelin-starred St John restaurant in Clerkenwell centres on so-called 'nose-to-tail' eating.

jeremy lee 2012Potted chef biography: Jeremy Lee

Jeremy Lee was one of the first wave of modern British chefs to hit London in the early 1990s. His resolutely British style is a constant wherever he works and is renowned for its seasonality, simplicity and big flavours.

vivek singh cinnamon club 2012Potted chef biography: Vivek Singh

Cinnamon Club's founder shocked his family when he gave up thoughts of training as an engineer and instead announced his intention to become a chef.

heston blumenthal 2012 the fat duckPotted chef biography: Heston Blumenthal

Perhaps the most famous figure on Britain’s contemporary culinary scene, Heston Blumenthal is a self-taught chef whose iconic restaurant, The Fat Duck, was voted one of the top three restaurants in the world from 2004-2010.

Atul KochharPotted chef biography: Atul Kochhar

Kochhar was at the helm of Tamarind when the restaurant won its Michelin star in 2001 – he was the first Indian chef to claim the coveted gong. Having decided to go it alone, Kochhar opened Benares in 2003 and the restaurant won its own Michelin star in 2007.

alfred prasad 2012_tamarindPotted chef biography: Alfred Prasad

Prasad joined Tamarind in 2001. Within a year, he had been promoted from sous chef to executive chef, and in 2003, retained the restaurant’s Michelin star; in doing so he became the youngest Michelin-starred Indian chef, aged just 29.

marcus wareingPotted chef biography: Marcus Wareing

Lancashire-born Marcus Wareing's early years as a chef were spent in London, in the kitchens of big-hitters The Savoy, Le Gavroche, and La Tante Claire, but the chef is perhaps best known for his once-close professional relationship with Gordon Ramsay. Wareing's self-named restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, has earned two Michelin stars to date. In 2011, the chef opened his second restaurant, The Gilbert Scott, in the painstakingly refurbished St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

the dispensary_ravinder bhogal 2012Potted chef biography: Ravinder Bhogal

Ravinder Bhogal is an award-winning food writer who was propelled into the culinary limelight when she beat 8,000 other women to be crowned ‘Britain’s next Fanny Cradock’ on Gordon Ramsay’s Channel 4 food programme The F Word. Her debut recipe book, Cook in Boots, was published in 2009.

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Chef: Tom Aikens Restaurant: Tom Aikens