Hand & Flowers chef-patron Tom Kerridge picked up the prestigious Chefs’ Chef of the Year accolade in an evening which also saw Harry Murray, Medlar and Red Carnation Hotels take home some of the top gongs.
The annual AA Hospitality Awards, held last night at the London Hilton on Park Lane, saw some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry come together to celebrate the various achievements of individuals and establishments in the restaurant, hotel and pub sectors.
Kerridge, who’s career began in country house hotels and restaurants in Gloucestershire, beat of competition from the likes of Sat Baines, Claude Bosi and Michel Roux Jnr to win the award which is voted for by fellow AA Rosette-awarded chefs.
The 40-year-old chef opened the Hand and Flowers in Marlow with his wife Beth in 2005. Within a year, the gastropub picked up its first Michelin star and last year it received a second, making it the only pub in the country to do so. His pub also came third in last year’s National Restaurant Awards and was named Gastropub of the Year.
Kerridge has since become asomewhat of a TV regular, appearing on the Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen. Last night also saw the launch of Kerridge’s own TV show, Proper Pub Food on BBC Two, in which he shows people how to cook dishes inspired by British pub classics. It is the latest in a number of recent commissions which have given chefs and restaurateurs their own platform, as the TV industry’s interest in the hospitality industry shows no sign of abating.