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 - most recently Tom Aikens: Easy, appeared on Iron Chef UK, 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
Michelin stars

Worlds top 50 restaurants
No 8 in 2005

Books
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The Good Food Guide Recipes
The Good Food Guide Recipes
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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 Providing a competitively-priced alternative to the fine dining styling of Restaurant Tom Aikens elsewhere in Chelsea, Tom’s Kitchen seeks to showcase the ability of the man himself to provide great-quality food more suited to a less formal, more relaxed crowd – with a menu and prices tailored to suit.

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Tom's Kitchen Somerset House
Tom's Kitchen Somerset House One of two Tom’s Kitchen venues in London, and also featuring a separate terrace during the summer months and a shop, this Somerset House restaurant prides itself on its ‘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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Poached & fresh strawberries, elderflower sponge & sorrel @ Midsummer House Restaurant http://t.co/RfGXt7wMIy

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Lemon posset classic dessert re jigged by Daniel...... Delicious pud... @ Midsummer House Restaurant http://t.co/dzEGu9IKG7

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Bourbon, confied egg yolk, Creme fraiche @ Midsummer House Restaurant http://t.co/6zLUV64iU4

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Lamb cutlet, red pepper purée, crisp cos lettuce, braised lamb shoulder @ Midsummer House Restaurant http://t.co/aWNdbteKCC