OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF
Tom has been a chef for over half of his life. At 17 his passion for cooking and preparing food for customers quickly propelled him from Kitchen Porter to Junior and later Senior Chef de Partie at a busy hotel near the family home. In search for broader experience and greater leadership, Tom then explored several ambitious roles in a host of diverse establishments across Northern England before pursuing his boundless passion further at a renowned steakhouse in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Shortly after returning home, Tom still feels he “got lucky” when then offered the position of Head Chef at an underperforming restaurant in the European Quarter of Brussels, but, full of confidence and armed with considerable knowledge and experience, Tom worked to transform the restaurant into one of the busiest and most popular in the area, serving high quality cuisine to European Commission and Parliament staff, MEPs and political and business leaders as well as leading a host of side projects including private weddings and functions, government gatherings and social events in Belgium and beyond.
Having made the city his home, Tom looked for a different challenge and swapped Brussels for Penzance, where amongst other roles he worked with primary schools to deliver exciting and nutritious food to largely deprived children. Though hugely fulfilling, the yearning for his past experiences led Tom to Queens College in Cambridge and for nearly two years coordinated the delivery of banquets and weddings to a diverse audience of wealthy food lovers.
Coming ‘full circle’, Tom’s return to East Yorkshire for personal reasons ultimately brought about a chance encounter with the owner of Luxe Restaurant Group. The two had an immediate connection with their love for providing quality food and hence together with Alecs recently began to put their ambitious plans in place for an exciting future at Luxe!
Favourite dish: “That’s difficult, but if pushed it’s hard to look past a medium-rare Chateaubriand, a bottle of fine Mendozan Malbec and very good company!