Drawing: Tom Kitchin

Autographed drawing of chef Tom Kitchin

With the surname Kitchin, you could hardly end up working as a mechanic in a garage. And so it was, young Scottish chef Tom Kitchin stayed true to his name and made the kitchen his working domain, leaving his native Edinburgh to work in the top Michelin-starred restaurants in London, Paris and Monte Carlo.

On his culinary journey he meet his wife Michaela, who worked for the Savoy Group and together they established their own restaurant back in Tom’s hometown, on the stylish Leith waterfront in 2006. But what to call it… no brainier… The Kitchin.

Tom’s cooking style combines French techniques with seasonal Scottish ingredients, a philosophy he calls ‘from nature to the plate’ – the title of his 2010 book. After only six months in business and at the age of 29, he became the youngest recipient to be awarded a Michelin star. Tom and Michaela have since opened two more restaurants in Edinburgh, the Castle Terrace and Scran & Scallie.

I have been a fan for some time, and always enjoy his appearances on Saturday Kitchen, among other TV shows. I sent this sketch to the Kitchin for him to sign, which he did, adding a stylish rendering of his own.

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