Since opening The Hand and Flowers in 2005, Tom’s career path has progressed and grown with the support of his wife Beth and many members of key staff, allowing the business to grow and diversify. In 2011, The Hand and Flowers was the first pub to receive two stars in the Michelin Guide. The Coach opened in Marlow in 2014 and within its first year of trading received three AA Rosettes. The Coach was awarded one star in the Michelin Guide 2018.
In 2009 Tom first appeared on television competing in the Great British Menu for BBC Two, where he won the main course and cooked at the banquet for Prince Charles and Camilla. He competed again the following year and proceeded to win the main course for the second time, this time cooking for a banquet in Leadenhall Market in the City of London.
More television work followed, including Tom Kerridge’s current TV series, Lose Weight for Good.
Tom is the author of five best-selling cookbooks and also recently worked with Brand Events to launch a series of successful and innovative pop ups and festivals including The Pop Up Picture House and Pub in The Park.
I would certainly say Pub in the Park is up there with one of best things I have ever done, the atmosphere and buzz over those 3 days was just electric and I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. All in all, we served around 4000 dishes over the 3 days, the most popular being the Mackerel Taco which sold out on each session, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd though as they were all willing to try the other dishes we had to offer. One of my favourite moments had to be that I got to celebrate my birthday which was on the Sunday In such an incredible way, meeting a huge amount of kind and wonderful people as well as watching The Milk who are one of my favourite bands.
Wow - what an incredible, amazing weekend! The vibe was fantastic; the food was stunning, the music outstanding, but above all else, the people of Marlow made the whole event feel very special. It showed off our lovely town to all our visitors and the chefs from all over the country and did us proud.