Recently launched at Fenwick Newcastle, two Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge’s new kitchenware range is set to propel him into becoming a household brand. In the wake of this exciting chef-status benchmark, we caught up with Tom about his cooking journey so far, his top festive foodie tips and his favourite pieces from the new range.
We've seen him on TV shows such as 'The Great British Menu', 'Best Ever Dishes' and 'Bake Off: Crème de la Crème', but Tom Kerridge has gone back to basics swapping the screen for the spatula with his newly launched kitchen and cookware range. We met the man behind the frying pan...
Hi Tom! We’re very excited to meet you and can’t wait to see your merchandise in store at Fenwick. But first things first; tell us what inspired you to get into cooking?
There wasn’t a eureka moment, I just ended up in a kitchen as a job, washing up with a need for money, and actually fell in love with the lifestyle and the ‘being’ of a chef.
How would you describe your food?
Robust, solid and British based. All about the ingredients.
Tell us about your 2 Michelin-starred pub, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire?
We opened it in 2005, just myself, my wife Beth and my best mate behind the bar and a couple of chefs in the kitchen. We have just tried to get a little bit better at everything that we do, every single day. 11 years later, we have two sites on the same road, over 100 members of staff, and 2 Michelin stars. It is a great testament to everyone who works here or has worked here.
What’s your favourite dish to cook?
Big fan of cooking omelettes, both at home and at work. We have a version of Omelette Arnold Bennett which has been on the menu from the very beginning. At home, I love throwing all sorts of big strong flavours mixed with eggs and cheese - tasty brunch style dishes with lots of flavour!
Name three ingredients you couldn’t cook without.
Dairy, pork and a pan.
What’s your kitchen like at home?
Induction hob and cupboards without handles that drive me nuts. I can’t remember which way they open! We are planning on changing it at some point!
Tell us something about you we won’t know?
I’m really rubbish at cooking toast, every time I do it at home, I burn it!
What do you think the most common mistake people make when they’re cooking at home?
Not reading a recipe all the way through before they start cooking it. There is nothing worse than starting to cook something then it says now leave for 24 hour - not good if it’s for tea tonight!