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Tom Brown

In 2012, Tom made the most important jump in his career ­– he joined Nathan as chef de partie at the St Enodoc Hotel, before eventually working his way up to head chef. It was with Nathan that Tom really came into his stride, not only learning everything there is to know about cooking fish and seafood, but also contributing his own ideas.

In 2016, Tom was appointed head chef of Nathan’s London outpost, Outlaw’s at The Capital. Entering a Michelin-starred kitchen in London is never easy, but Tom rose to the occasion and maintained the quality with ease. ‘I tried not to think about the star, as it just leads to too much worry,’ he says. ‘All you can do is the absolute best and what you know works. The recipes we prepared at The Capital were the same as in Nathan’s two-star restaurant in Cornwall and the produce was the same, but there was this responsibility to keep the culinary heritage of The Capital going. People like Eric Chavot, Tom Kerridge, Gary Rhodes and Brian Turner worked there previously, so sometimes I felt like I’d sneaked into an A-list party.’

Tom’s next big break came in 2017 when he appeared on Great British Menu, winning the South West heats to make it to the final. Surprisingly, it wasn’t his fish course that stood out but his dessert, proving that there was more to Tom’s cooking than seafood. Later on in that same year, Tom decided to set out on his own, leaving Outlaw’s at The Capital to open his own restaurant in Hackney Wick. It’s scheduled to open in January 2018 – watch this space for more details.

Three things you should know

Being mentored by Nathan Outlaw means Tom excels at cooking fish and seafood, but he enjoys cooking meat, vegetable and sweet dishes just as much.

Tom has fantastic relationships with suppliers and producers in Cornwall, working with them to ensure he has access to the very best ingredients.

Tom’s cooking style is light, simple and balanced, allowing the ingredients to speak for themselves.