What’s On TV – Tom Kerridge: ‘I love it when people walk in my pub in flip-flops’

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge says bad pub food is down to chefs over-complicating their menus.

The 40-year-old cook, who’s the culinary genius behind Britain’s only two Michelin-starred pub – the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Bucks – tells TV Times that many pub chefs fail because they try to offer too much choice.

“They over-complicate it and try to do too much,” says Tom, whose new BBC2 series, Proper Pub Food, starts tonight at 8.30pm.

“It’s better for a pub to have three things on a menu which they do really well, like a steak, fish and pheasant. That’s all people want.

“You don’t have to give choice, just tasty, cared-for, fresh, home-cooked food.”

Tom adds that he’s thrilled to be the first pub chef to win two Michelin stars.

“It’s an incredible achievement,” he says. “I’m just happy that the formal feeling you get with fine dining is slowly being eradicated. I love it when people walk in my pub in flip-flops and shorts.”