Pipped to the post by Tom Kerridge in GBM 6, Tom returns to the competition.
He began his career at the Mirabelle restaurant in Eastbourne before joining the Michelin-starred Cavaliers restaurant in Battersea, London, as a commis chef. In 1993 Tom Aikens became sous chef at Pied à Terre in London and in 1996, as head chef, he held on to the two Michelin stars earned by his predecessor, Richard Neat. At 26, Tom was the youngest chef ever to earn two Michelin stars.
In April 2003, Tom opened Restaurant Tom Aikens in London’s Elystan Street earning a Michelin star. He continued to grow his empire with the relaxed family-style Tom’s Kitchen in 2006. At the end of 2011 Tom closed his restaurant to completely reinvent its image – he re-opened in early 2012.
Tom is also competitive outside of the kitchen. In April 2010, Tom ran the charity Marathon of the Sands in Morocco - an ‘ultra-marathon" which involved running six marathons inside five days across the Sahara Desert. This is a man who is convinced he cannot be beaten.