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Thompson's

Robert Thompson
Thompson's

Thompson's

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11 Town Lane
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 1JU
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Robert Thompson

Born in Bedfordshire, Robert Thompson was inspired to cook by his brother Patrick, himself a successful chef and the winner of the 1998 Roux Scholarship. By the age of ten he was set on becoming a cook and by the age of 13 he was washing up in his brother’s restaurant. He told The Telegraph: “As soon as I started that, school came second.” Starting catering college on the new three-year NVQ course, he quickly realised it was not of the same ilk as the City & Guilds route his brother followed, and after failing to negotiate a fast-tracked course, he left at the beginning of his second year.

He began as an apprentice at L’Ortolan in Reading, working under head chef John Burton Race, but found the confrontational atmosphere too much and left, now reconsidering his chosen career path. He eventually decided to return to cooking, working under his brother at The Falcon in Bedfordshire, then following him to Chimney’s Restaurant near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, where his sibling worked as head chef.

Robert Thompson