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Michelin-Starred chef Tom Kerridge in the spotlight at University

Two Michelin-Starred chef Tom Kerridge, who attended school in Gloucester, will be taking the stage at the University of Gloucestershire to talk about his life and work on March 23.

An Evening with Tom Kerridge will see the acclaimed chef discussing his achievements with Anne Dawson, Head of the Media School, at the Park campus, and the free event is open to all. Tom will also be signing books which the audience have brought with them, and taking questions from the audience following his discussion with Anne.

Born in Wiltshire, Tom’s family moved to Gloucestershire and he attended Saintbridge School in Gloucester. His first role in a professional kitchen was in 1991 as a commis chef in Calcot Manor, near Tetbury. Tom is now the chef patron at the two Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, which he opened with his wife Beth in 2005. The Hand & Flowers is the first pub ever to hold two Michelin-stars.

Tom received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in November in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made in his field, both nationally and internationally.

Tom has appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu programme both as a contestant and then a judge. He also hosted his own BBC series Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food, Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge and Best Ever Dishes. Tom also now runs The Coach in Marlow and his third book, Tom’s Table, was published in 2015.

Tom said: “I’m looking forward to coming back to my home county, somewhere I’m so proud of and answering some probing questions that will hopefully leave an insight and inspire students and young people. With a little bit of self-belief you can achieve an awful lot!”

The event starts at 6pm with refreshments from 5pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.