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Top London Chefs and Restaurateurs - Antony Worrall Thompson, MOGB, FHCIMA

12/02/2004, By

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Antony Worrall Thompson was born in 1952 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Public-school educated (Kings School, Canterbury) Antony then studied Hotel and Catering Management at Westminster College. It was in 1981 that Antony opened Menage a Trois in Knightsbridge (widely known to be the Princess of Wales’s favourite restaurant) to ‘abundant publicity and reviews: it was the only restaurant in London to serve only starters and puddings’. The restaurant and Antony received a tremendous amount of press coverage.

In March 1988 he won the Mouton Rothschild Menu Competition, and shortly before in December 1987 by the most prestigious accolade: the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne (MOGB) – the chef’s Oscar. Since then Antony went on to be at the helm of many fine restaurants in the capital.

He currently owns Notting Grill in Holland Park, which specialises in organic meat, fish and vegetables. Antony is also a partner in the delightfully picturesque, Angel Inn, Heytesbury nr Warminster, Wiltshire where his mission is to source the best local foodstuffs from around the south west area; something which is very close to his heart. He has also recently opened Kew Grill, in Kew, which is in the same vein as Notting Grill, albeit on a smaller scale.

Notting Grill

In 1998 Antony became resident studio chef and main presenter for BBC2’s Food & Drink programme, the repeats of this programme are still being shown regularly. He is a Ready Steady Cook regular and also appears on the amazingly popular Celebrity Ready Steady Cook.

He is now the presenter of the popular Saturday Kitchen, a weekly BBC 2 live cookery programme and he regularly guest co-presents and cooks on Good Food Live. He currently writes a cookery column for the Sunday Express Magazine and a weekly food column for Saturday Express, as well as a regular monthly column for Delicious magazine.

Antony has also published The Top 100 Recipes from the Food & Drink TV Series (BBC Books) and Ready Steady Cook, The Top 100 Recipes from Your Favourite Chefs (BBC Books). He is a prolific cookery writer: his latest books are Healthy Eating for Diabetes, published by Kyle Cathie, and Little Books’, Well fed, well bred, well hung: how to buy & cook real meat and his eagerly awaited autobiography RAW, published by Transworld.

Notting Grill - Bar

He is passionate about organic farming and grows many herbs and vegetables for his restaurant. Despite an extraordinary and energetic professional lifestyle, he still manages to find time for art, antiques, tennis and swimming (incidentally, he swam the Channel when he was sixteen), gardening and of course his wife Jay and their two young children, plus two dogs called Trevor and Jess, two cats, twelve pigs and a variety of fish and chickens who all live at his country cottage retreat by the banks of the Thames. Antony has also recently bought an avocado farm in Spain where he and his family retreat to when they can find time.

He has been working with a number of manufacturers on an Antony Worrall Thompson licensed range of food and non food products. He is now the largest branded chef in Europe.

Antony emerged from the jungle, last year as one of the nation’s favourite celebrities in the ITV series I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. His television work is diverse, from Celebrity Mastermind to Panorama, to Comic Relief to Question Time. He is often to be found on the airwaves of LBC, Radio 4 and Radio 5.

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