Tom Aikens grew up in Cringleford, Norfolk, 40 minutes from the coast. He started working in London with Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire. Two stints in France followed (with Joel Robuchon in Paris and Gerard Boyer in Reims) before he became Head Chef at Pied a Terre, London, in 1996. Tom opened his first restaurant, Tom Aikens, in Chelsea, London, in 2003 and Tom's Kitchen followed in 2006. Both his restaurants have won great critical acclaim.