Matthew Tomkinson

Matthew Tomkinson

Matthew Tomkinson

Matthew then moved onto The Terrace at The Montagu Arms in the New Forest where, in 2009, only six months after joining the restaurant as head chef, he won the second Michelin star of his career. The Telegraph described his food here as 'terrific' and his Oxtail and celeriac ‘lasagne’ with baby spinach and horseradish cream as 'one of the best starters I’ve lucked upon all year … simply peerless'. Similarly impressive was the Fillet of sea bass with Parma ham, sauté Jerusalem artichokes and watercress, while his Assiette of apples with apple sorbet, panna cotta and butterscotch sauce is described as 'the kind of dish that won The Terrace its Michelin star'.

Giving, welcoming hospitality has always been a guiding principle of Matthew’s work – initiated in childhood, cemented during his time competing for the Roux Scholarship and still being developed today.

Matthew left The Terrace at The Montagu Arms in early 2019 to open Betony at The Kings Head in Whiteparish. His food continues to be influenced by classical French cooking but is more informal and relaxed, ensuring everyone gets a chance to experience his incredible cuisine.

Three things you need to know

Matthew counts Michel Roux, Nico Ladenis and Shaun Hill as some of the chefs he most admires.

Alongside these three, Matthew credits Stephen Crane – his head chef at Ockenden Manor – as being a huge influence on his career.

Matthew has always loved music – if he hadn't been a chef, he says he would have been a drummer instead!