Tom Kerridge Back for the Second Year

Shropshire Horticultural Society, organisers of the Shrewsbury Flower Show are pleased to announce the return of the incredibly popular chef, Tom Kerridge to the 2015 show.  Tom will be cooking up a storm in the Foodhall on the 14th & 15th August enlightening and entertaining the visitors with his unique take on classic British food.

Society Secretary, Simon Badrock, said ‘Having Tom Kerridge at the 2015 Flower Show continues our aim of bringing top chefs to Shrewsbury. He is a great personality and no doubt his passion for good food and great discussion will be a huge success in the Foodhall as 2014.’

Chef patron at the extraordinary two Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, which he opened with wife Beth in 2005 came to the attention of the public when the second star was awarded, and some say quite controversial.  The world’s culinary press descended on Marlow following the announcement and discovered a special venue, team and chef there.  

Tom is a great character with amazing presence, obvious warmth and an infectious laugh, so it wasn’t a surprise when Tom landed his own TV show. The brilliantly popular BBC2 series Proper Pub Food became a huge overnight success with excellent ratings with Tom’s fan base growing weekly as the 6 part series went on. Accompanying the show Tom wrote his first book of the same title which fast became a best seller. In 2013, Tom also went on to present BBC1’s new afternoon cooking show Spring Kitchen.

2014 brought Tom a second series on BBC2 Best Ever Dishes which again proved extremely popular, along with his bestselling book of the same title which championed many of the dishes from the series. Towards the end of 2014 Tom also took on the challenge of opening another restaurant, The Coach, which is also in Marlow. The Coach is a relaxed modern pub setting, open all day, every day serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and pub snacks. The Coach is no reservations only and has enabled more visitors than ever to taste Tom’s incredible take on traditional pub food.

This year, Tom’s latest TV project has been to take on BBC2’s flagship cookery show Food and Drink. 2015 has seen the show be restyled, recast and with Tom as the main presenter it has proven to be a brilliant and successful show. Tom can be seen cooking alongside other TV heavyweight chefs, championing seasonable produce and creating dishes accessible to everyone at home every Friday at 8.30pm on BBC2.

Prior to having his own show, Tom appeared on shows such as Market Kitchen, MasterChef the Professionals, Saturday Kitchen and has competed and won the main course twice on BBC2’s Great British Menu.  No-one else has ever won twice!

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