Tom Aikens is one of the most creative and talented chefs Britain has ever seen, with a restaurant empire to match.

He may have now closed his flagship Restaurant Tom Aikens in Chelsea (the plan is to relocate to a more central location), but he still has his three Tom's Kitchen restaurants in London (Chelsea, Somerset House and Canary Wharf) plus another in Istanbul.

Rising up under Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire, Tom Aikens demonstrated enough talent to be given the Head Chef role at David Moore's Pied à Terre - where he became the youngest chef to win two Michelin stars at the age of 26. He opened Restaurant Tom Aikens in 2003 and more accolades duly followed: eighth on Restaurant Magazine's list of the world's top 50 restaurants in 2005, he also won five AA Rosettes and a Michelin star.

Critics have also applauded his efforts. Time Out's Eating and Drinking Guide (2009) concluded that "Tom Aikens deserves its status as one of the capital’s top foodie destinations", while Time Out described his food as 'a master class in simplicity'. Matthew Fort said of Aikens' braised pig's head, "Aikens manages to unite the elements into a balanced whole, linking them through source, sauce, cooking techniques or straightforward magic."

Aikens describes his style as influenced by Robuchon's attention to detail and Koffmann’s sense of terroir and intense concentration on relatively few ingredients, so provenance is key for Aikens - quality and individuality of ingredients lead.

Aikens has a sizable media presence. He has published several cookbooks, appeared on Iron Chef UK and Great British Menu, and even penned an article advising the Times readers how to select good fish.

Awards

The AA culinary award
Five rosettes

The Michelin Guide
Two Michelin stars (Pied a Terre)
One Michelin star (Restaurant Tom Aikens)

Worlds top 50 restaurants
No 8 in 2005

Books
Fish
Fish
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The Good Food Guide Recipes
The Good Food Guide Recipes
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Tom Aikens Cooking
Tom Aikens Cooking
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Restaurants
Tom Aikens Restaurant
Tom Aikens Restaurant With a reputation for creativity and luxury, and a fittingly swish Chelsea location to boot, Tom Aikens’s flagship restaurant has long been praised by the critics and guides as the ideal place to experience the cuisine of someone who is now renowned as one of the UK’s best-known and most high-profile chefs.

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Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf
Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf The newest addition to the Tom’s Kitchen family of restaurants can be found in London’s financial district, and there has been no expense spared to make sure this outpost is as illustrious as its siblings.

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Tom's Kitchen Chelsea
Tom's Kitchen Chelsea Tom’s Kitchen seeks to showcase the less formal elements of Tom Aikens's cooking, with enticing menus and prices to match.

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Tom's Kitchen Somerset House
Tom's Kitchen Somerset House Tom Aikens's outpost at Somerset House restaurant prides itself on ‘familiar and comforting’ dishes – setting itself up as a regular place to drop in after a hard day’s working, shopping or sightseeing.

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Tom Aikens on Twitter

Tom Aikens

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In action earlier @thepawnhk, the team seems to be settling in nicely.. First trial brunch this Sunday :-) http://t.co/PJX7jC87Ru

Tom Aikens

@tomaikens

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In action earlier @thepawnhk, the team seems to be settling in nicely.. First trial brunch this Sunday… http://t.co/UlFFu8x4Xu

Tom Aikens

@tomaikens

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RT @hubbubUK: Thanks to @TomsKitchens for supporting #pumpkinrescue! Tom's pumpkin, ricotta and ginger tarts recipe at http://t.co/fE7pTHFv…