Meet some of the UK’s best cooks
All around the country, passionate chefs are busy using the finest British ingredients to create exciting dishes. Watch our videos to meet some of the chefs and to find out what inspires them. But be warned, you’ll work up quite an appetite!
The Yorke Arms
When Frances Atkins looks at the verdant Yorkshire countryside, she sees food for her elegant dishes everywhere. Our video has her gathering free greens for her Michelin-starred dinner table – watch how she incorporates them into her cooking.
The Elephant Restaurant
3-4 Beacon Terrace
At The Elephant Restaurant in Cornwall, Simon Hulstone takes local ingredients and infuses them with what he calls ‘a little bit of magic’. In our short, the magic comes from some blossoms and lovage.
Shaun Rankin has the island of Jersey as his pantry, as customers at his restaurant Bohemia know. Here, he tells us how amateurs can use Britain’s amazing produce to make simple and rewarding dishes at home.
57-59 West Smithfield
Hailing from Gascony in southwest France, a paradise of foie gras, pork, duck and wine, Pascal Aussignac is very much his own chef. In our video, he discusses how his own sense of aesthetics has shaped his London flagship, Club Gascon.
34 Portman Street
An Icelandic chef who’s worked in famous London kitchens, Agnar Sverrisson’s cuisine incorporates influences from the continent but also from back home in Iceland. In our video, the chef reveals what excites him about cooking - and what staple ingredients he avoids at his restaurant Texture.
Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
Marcus Wareing has an undeniable presence in the London food scene. In this short, Chef Wareing discusses what inspires him – from childhood treats to his colleagues – when he cooks at the Gilbert Scott and the Berkeley, his acclaimed London eateries.
Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 The Shore
Martin Wishart describes his cooking at one of Scotland’s most heralded restaurants as French with a modern twist. Here, Chef Wishart details his creative process, carefully examines his delivery – and gets to know one of his fish!
Pinning the food at Nuno Mendes’s restaurant Viajante to just one style is as tricky as the name (which means ‘traveller’) suggests. In this video, he describes the culinary voyage he wants his guests to embark upon.
The Crown at Whitebrook
In this film, James Sommerin tells us how he uses the natural splendour of the Wye Valley to wow the guests at his restaurant, The Crown at Whitebrook. Find out about some of the foraged ingredients that make appearances in Sommerin’s dishes.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
St Enodoc Hotel
One of the tricks to great food is careful sourcing. Nathan Outlaw takes a slightly unusual approach, letting the day’s catch determine his menus. In this video, you can watch him work with some of the freshest seafood around.
Tom Aikens Restaurant
43 Elystan Street
The wildly creative Tom Aikens uses complex techniques to highlight just a few key flavours. Our video has him turning carefully chosen British ingredients into exacting plates of food to surprise and delight his own staff.
In our short video, Midsummer House’s head chef Daniel Clifford discusses the philosophy behind his Michelin-starred compositions – their conception, their execution, and what he wants his diners to experience.