My guest this week on Desert Island Dishes is Tom Aikens
Tom has been hailed as one of the best chefs of his generation, being the youngest British chef to hold two Michelin stars which he achieved by the tender age of just 26. His remarkable career has taken him to David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire, Pied-à-Terre and Joel Robuchon in Paris to name a few. Raised in Norfolk with a respect for fresh, seasonal ingredients, Tom is passionate about using the finest local and sustainable produce.
He has restaurants all over the world and at the start of 2020 we saw Tom return to the world of fine dining by opening the intimate, very personal twenty five cover restaurant Muse which has already won a Michelin star. When not cooking you will find Tom running marathons, cycling or running with Olympic torches.
“MY WHOLE THING WITH COOKING, IS TRYING TO CREATE MEMORIES. I THINK CUSTOMERS ARE LOOKING FOR MORE OF AN EXPERIENCE, MORE THAN JUST GOING TO A PLACE AND HAVING A NICE TIME. THEY KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT PLATE OF FOOD. THEY KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE NICE SERVICE IN FORMAL, NICE, ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS. BUT WILL THEY MAKE A MEMORY?”
He also works with several charities, most recent of which is Only a Pavement Away for which he has just brought out a new cookbook.
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