Tom’s first catering job was a stint as commis chef at Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire. He also worked for Stephen Bull and Gary Rhodes before joining Odette’s in Primrose Hill. After a spell at Monsieur Max in Hampton he moved to Norwich to take over running the Michelin starred restaurant, Adlards.
He then decided it was time to open his own place taking over a run down pub in Marlow called The Hand and Flowers. Since opening in 2005, Tom’s career has grown with the support of his wife Beth and many members of key staff, allowing the business to progress and diversify. In 2011 The Hand and Flowers became the first pub to receive two Michelin stars. In 2014, the team opened The Coach, Marlow and within it’s first year of trading received three AA Rosettes and in 2017 a Michelin star. In 2017 Tom opened The Butcher’s Tap, which serves the Marlow community as a fully operational butchers and pub under one roof.
In 2009 Tom first appeared on television competing in the Great British Menu for BBC Two; he won the main course and the following year won this section for the second time. More television work followed, including: Great British Food Revival, Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes, hosting Saturday Kitchen and Spring Kitchen, and also the front of BBC’s Food and Drink. He also appeared on BBC Two’s Food Detectives, and was the lead presenter of the first series of Bake Off: Crème de la Crème. More recently he’s fronted his own Lose Weight For Food, Top of the Shop and Fresh Start television series.
Tom is also the author of best-selling cookbooks: Proper Pub Food, Best Ever Dishes, Tom’s Table, Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet, Lose Weight For Good and Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start which was released in December 2018.