Tom Aikens

Discussing: Going international in a responsible way ? A realistic challenge for a Chef? [ Tuesday: 2.30pm ]

Tom Aikens (@tomaikens). Tom forged his cooking career at legendary establishments that included Joel Robuchon in Paris, Pierre Koffmann?s La Tante Claire in London and Gerard Boyer in Reims. He became the youngest British chef to be awarded two Michelin stars while working at Pied à Terre, at the tender age of 26. In 2003 he opened his eponymous fine dining restaurant in Chelsea, Tom Aikens Restaurant, and won a Michelin star in 2004, as well as a rising second in 2008. In 2006, the first Tom’s Kitchen opened in Chelsea, followed by venues in Somerset House, Canary Wharf, St. Katharine Docks and his first international flagship in Istanbul in 2013. Tom is now present in Hong Kong where he has two restaurants, The Pawn (2014) and soon The Fat Pig (Nov. 2015), without forgetting the Middle East with his sharing concept Pots, Pans and Boards to be launched in Dubai in 2015. He is also consulting for the Member?s club Soho House?s new venue in the Oxfordshire – Farmhouse. Tom has written three books ? Cooking, Easy and Fish ? and has made several appearances on television, including reaching the final banquet of last year?s Great British Menu on BBC2 in aid of Comic Relief.