BBC’s Great British Menu is in its third week on air, and this time we see the competitors from Wales battling out for a spot in the finale. Cooking for former GBM winner and chef patron of West London restaurant Murano, Angela Harnett, are four chefs from across the nation.
Among them are Larkin Cen, chef patron at Bristol’s Woky Ko, Nathan Davies from Aberstwyth’s SY23, and Tom Phillips, head chef at London’s two Michelin star Restaurant Story.
This is Tom’s second time in the competition after competing for Wales back in 2020. He returns this time around having earned his second Michelin star at the Tooley Street restaurant, awarded last year.
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Restaurant Story retained its two Michelin stars in the 2022 Awards. The chef began his career at the Ritz, then moving to the Lake District’s L’Enclume, before jetting off to New York to work at the three Michelin-starred Per Se.
Tom was the youngest ever competitor to represent the UK at 26 in the internationally renowned Bocuse d’Or cooking competition in 2019, finishing tenth in the world.
The chef told The Staff Canteen that he describes his food as “elegant, precise, innovative and unpretentious”.
Restaurant Story is headed up by Chef Patron Tom Sellers, who tells his story and the story of British food through an ever-changing tasting menu. It gained its first Michelin star just five months after opening in 2013.
The restaurant’s ten-course tasting menu will set you back £185, and when you arrive… you won’t be presented with a menu. If you’re looking to pair your dishes, seven course drinks will cost £85 per person, and for the full monty, it’ll be £100. They also serve a non-alcoholic drinks pairing too.
You’ll find the likes of ‘Custard’ with pumpkin, maple and Oscietra caviar, ‘Candle’; a Parker house roll, beef extract and pickled celery, and ‘Paddington Bear’; Foie gras with cardamom and marmalade (of course).
Inside Restaurant Story guests will find a sleek, modern open space with floor-to-ceiling windows with an amazing view of London’s Tooley Street. The dining room’s walls are decked out with a subtle, monochrome floral pattern, while a flock of birds fly overhead.
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How to get there
You can find Restaurant Story at 199 Tooley St, London SE1 2JX.