In our ‘Ones to watch’ series, we talk to the rising stars of the restaurant world, the chefs we should all be keeping an eye on as possible stars of the future. Hotter than a Josper, these chefs are destined to make their mark on the industry and we find out what’s driving them forwards.

Ones to watch

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Ones to watch: Joe Fox
Ones to watch: Joe Fox
Ones to watch: Joe Fox
by Pete Dreyer
01 March 2020
After a career spent at British institutions like Launceston Place, HIX Soho and Petersham Nurseries, Joe Fox is bringing his hyper-seasonal, modern British cooking to east London at Townsend – a new restaurant in the Whitechapel Gallery.
Ones to watch: Rich Sharples
Ones to watch: Richard Sharples
Ones to watch: Richard Sharples
by Pete Dreyer
01 February 2020
Richard Sharples is executive chef of Gary Usher’s Elite Bistros collection of restaurants, and has helped Gary expand one of the most exciting hospitality groups in the country. We caught up with the Burnley-born chef to see what else is on the horizon.
Ones to watch: Kray Treadwell
Ones to watch: Kray Treadwell
Ones to watch: Kray Treadwell
by Pete Dreyer
01 January 2020
Formerly head chef at Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind the Curtain, Kray Treadwell burst to fame on Great British Menu in 2019 with a series of impressive dishes. We caught up with him in the midst of his plans to open a new venture in Birmingham.
Ones to watch: Tom Booton
Ones to watch: Tom Booton
Ones to watch: Tom Booton
by Pete Dreyer
02 December 2019
Twenty-six-year-old Tom Booton is the youngest chef in The Dorchester’s illustrious history; alongside an ambitious new team, he’s looking to turn the page on a new chapter at the Park Lane institution with his own take on British food.
Ones to watch: James Murray
Ones to watch: James Murray
Ones to watch: James Murray
by Pete Dreyer
05 November 2019
Edinburgh Food Studio may seem simple on the surface, but behind the scenes lies a chef with a serious pedigree. James Murray spent three years at Le Manoir before embarking on a career that took him to acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants like Roussillon in Chelsea, Nur in Hong Kong and Lyle’s in Shoreditch.
Ones to watch: Will Devlin
Ones to watch: Will Devlin
Ones to watch: Will Devlin
by Pete Dreyer
01 October 2019
Will Devlin has been causing a stir at his self-sustaining restaurant, The Small Holding, in leafy Kent. With fruit, vegetables and meat all farmed or foraged on-site, Will’s restaurant is a shining beacon for the joy of farm-to-fork dining, and the chef’s star is firmly on the rise.
Ones to watch: Elisabeth Passedat
Ones to watch: Elisabeth Passedat
Ones to watch: Elisabeth Passedat
by Pete Dreyer
01 September 2019
After a career spent working with luminaries like Pierre Koffmann, Claude Bosi and Helena Puolakka, Elisabeth Passedat is uncovering her own culinary identity at The Cleveland Arms and putting the Paddington gastropub on the map with her modern French cooking.
Ones to watch: Roberta Hall-McCarron
Ones to watch: Roberta Hall-McCarron
Ones to watch: Roberta Hall-McCarron
by Pete Dreyer
01 August 2019
After nine years spent under the wing of Tom Kitchin, Roberta Hall-McCarron is charting her own path in food – her neighbourhood bistro The Little Chartroom is the jewel in the crown of a resurgent Edinburgh food scene.
Ones to watch: Alex Nietosvuori
Ones to watch: Alex Nietosvuori
Ones to watch: Alex Nietosvuori
by Pete Dreyer
01 July 2019
Alex Nietosvuori is causing a stir with his new restaurant Hjem – a gorgeous space that blends the best of Northumbrian produce with his own Scandinavian culinary sensibilities. Pete Dreyer finds out more about this up and coming chef. Photography by James Byrne.
Ones to watch: Pam Brunton
Ones to watch: Pam Brunton
Ones to watch: Pam Brunton
by Pete Dreyer
01 June 2019
Pam Brunton left a philosophy degree behind to pursue her love of cooking. After stints at Restaurant Tom Aikens, The Greenhouse and In De Wulf in Belgium, she’s returned home to chart a new path for Scottish food at Inver – her restaurant on the shores of Loch Fyne.
Ones to watch: Anaïs van Manen
Ones to watch: Anaïs van Manen
Ones to watch: Anaïs van Manen
by Pete Dreyer
01 May 2019
Anaïs van Manen doesn’t have her own restaurant, but between her own supperclubs, collaborative projects and development work for Bao, she’s making a serious mark on the London food scene. Photography: Sam Harris
Ones to watch: Neil Bentinck
Ones to watch: Neil Bentinck
Ones to watch: Neil Bentinck
by Pete Dreyer
01 April 2019
Neil’s ambitious, dynamic menus at Skosh have helped transform York into one of the UK’s most exciting and progressive food cities. Pete Dreyer caught up with the chef to dig up the roots of his worldly influences. Photography by Karen Turner.
Ones to watch: Rose Ashby
Ones to watch: Rose Ashby
Ones to watch: Rose Ashby
by Pete Dreyer
01 March 2019
As head chef at hyper-sustainable Spring in Somerset House, Rose Ashby and her team are blazing a trail for the industry into an eco-friendly future. Pete Dreyer caught up with the young chef to find out more.
Ones to watch: Tom Anglesea
Ones to watch: Tom Anglesea
Ones to watch: Tom Anglesea
by Pete Dreyer
01 February 2019
Tom Anglesea brings together a melting pot of Asian and European influences at The Laughing Heart – an East London wine bar and restaurant that provides one of the most surprising and delightful food experiences in London.
Ones to watch: Nick Grieves
Ones to watch: Nick Grieves
Ones to watch: Nick Grieves
by Pete Dreyer
01 January 2019
Nick Grieves quit a career in construction to teach himself how to cook. After time at Fera and The River Café, he returned to his home city of Newcastle and opened The Patricia – a restaurant that is leading the evolution of the food scene on Tyneside. Photos: James Byrne.
Ones to watch: Oli Marlow
Ones to watch: Oli Marlow
Ones to watch: Oli Marlow
by Pete Dreyer
01 December 2018
With a CV that includes The Fat Duck, Quay, Eleven Madison Park and Maaemo in Oslo, Oli Marlow worked in some of the world’s best restaurants before returning to the UK and winning a Michelin star at Roganic.
Ones to watch: Chase Lovecky
Ones to watch: Chase Lovecky
Ones to watch: Chase Lovecky
by Pete Dreyer
01 November 2018
Having worked alongside American luminaries David Chang and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Chase Lovecky is bringing a unique taste of America to London with his new restaurant Two Lights.
Ones to watch: Rob Roy Cameron
Ones to watch: Rob Roy Cameron
Ones to watch: Rob Roy Cameron
by Pete Dreyer
02 October 2018
Botswana-born Rob Roy Cameron spent years under the wing of Albert Adrià in Spain before bringing his hyper-detailed molecular gastronomy to the UK. Pete Dreyer caught up with the chef at his new restaurant – Gazelle.
Ones to watch: Luke Selby
Ones to watch: Luke Selby
Ones to watch: Luke Selby
by Pete Dreyer
01 September 2018
Young National Chef of the Year, National Chef of the Year, Roux Scholar and head chef at Hide Above – even the sky is struggling to keep a lid on Luke Selby’s talent. Pete Dreyer spoke to the young chef about his journey so far.
Ones to watch: Daniel Fletcher
Ones to watch: Daniel Fletcher
Ones to watch: Daniel Fletcher
by Pete Dreyer
01 August 2018
Having worked with the likes of Tom Kitchin, Tommy Banks and Phil Howard, Daniel Fletcher is carving out his own path at Fenchurch Sky Garden and putting the high-rise restaurant on the map.
Ones to watch: Neil Campbell
Ones to watch: Neil Campbell
Ones to watch: Neil Campbell
by Pete Dreyer
25 July 2018
Formerly head chef at Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store, Neil Campbell has taken the reins at Yotam Ottolenghi’s new restaurant Rovi, and is set to push the boundaries of plant-based, sustainable food.
Young gun: James Cochran
Ones to watch: James Cochran
Ones to watch: James Cochran
by Great British Chefs
22 June 2018
With some stellar reviews under his belt, an upcoming appearance on Great British Menu and a go-for-it attitude that throws caution to the wind, James Cochran is one of a new generation of chefs rejecting the trappings of fine dining and putting the food centre stage. Tom Shingler talks to him about his new restaurant 1251.
Ones to Watch: Anna Tobias
Ones to watch: Anna Tobias
Ones to watch: Anna Tobias
by Pete Dreyer
10 May 2018
Anna’s simple, effortless cookery has been making waves for years now, and as a protege of iconic British chefs like Jeremy Lee, Ruth Rogers and Margot Henderson, she looks set to continue the UK’s proud ingredient-led tradition.
North West know-how: Craig Sherrington of Virginia House
Ones to watch: Craig Sherrington
Ones to watch: Craig Sherrington
by Great British Chefs
16 April 2018
Cumbria certainly isn’t short of fantastic restaurants, and chef Craig Sherrington’s Virginia House is set to become the latest addition to the list. We caught up with him to learn about his career to date and what sets his cooking apart from the others.
Ones to watch: Alex Jackson
Ones to watch: Alex Jackson
Ones to watch: Alex Jackson
by Pete Dreyer
31 March 2018
Alex Jackson is making Provençal food fashionable again at Sardine. Pete Dreyer talks to him to find out about his unlikely start in food and what it is about the south of France that really inspires him.
Ones to Watch: Aaron Webster and Remi Williams
Ones to watch: Aaron Webster and Remi Williams
Ones to watch: Aaron Webster and Remi Williams
by Pete Dreyer
28 February 2018
Fine dining in a shipping container might sound like an oxymoron, but Aaron Webster and Remi Williams have made a huge splash in Brixton with their smart seasonal cooking.
Ones to watch: Ruth Hansom
Ones to watch: Ruth Hansom
Ones to watch: Ruth Hansom
by Pete Dreyer
29 January 2018
With five years at The Ritz and a trophy cabinet that’s packed to the gunnels, twenty-one-year-old Ruth Hansom is out to take the UK food scene by storm.
Ones to watch: Ben Marks
Ones to watch: Ben Marks
Ones to watch: Ben Marks
by Pete Dreyer
08 November 2017
A star is rising in north-east London. At twenty-four years old, with ten years of experience in professional kitchens and a resume that boasts the likes of Claridge’s, The Square and Noma, Ben Marks is a serious talent.
Ones to watch: Simon Ulph
Ones to watch: Simon Ulph
Ones to watch: Simon Ulph
by Tom Shingler
18 October 2017
After working with Michelin-starred Robert Thompson on the Isle of Wight and discovering a love for the flavours of Japan with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Simon Ulph is back in his native Kent cooking an eclectic menu at The Swan Wine Kitchen at Chapel Down vineyard.
Ones to watch: Fred Clapperton
Ones to watch: Fred Clapperton
Ones to watch: Fred Clapperton
by Great British Chefs
19 September 2017
When Drake’s became The Clock House in January 2017, the role of head chef was thrust onto Fred Clapperton. Eight months later, he’s making the menu his own.
Pip Lacey: the t-shirt designer turned head chef of Murano
Ones to watch: Pip Lacey
Ones to watch: Pip Lacey
by Hugh Thomas
09 June 2017
Hugh Thomas sits down with chef Pip Lacey to uncover her surprising career path and look at how her own cooking style has developed.
Ones to watch: Tom Brown
Ones to watch: Tom Brown
Ones to watch: Tom Brown
by Tom Shingler
08 July 2016
As the head chef of Outlaw's at The Capital, Tom Brown knows how to cook the best fish in London. Tom Shingler sat down with him to find out how he became Nathan Outlaw's most trusted chef.
Ones to watch: Nathan Eades
Ones to watch: Nathan Eades
Ones to watch: Nathan Eades
by Tom Shingler
31 May 2016
Tom Shingler talks to the head chef of Simpsons in Edgbaston about his rise to the top and how working with Luke Tipping has inspired him to constantly pursue new ideas.
Ones to watch: Graeme Cheevers
Ones to watch: Graeme Cheevers
Ones to watch: Graeme Cheevers
by Tom Shingler
27 April 2016
Tom Shingler talks to the head chef of Martin Wishart's Michelin-starred restaurant at Cameron House to discover how he rose through the ranks so quickly at such a young age.
Ones to watch: Kevin Tickle
Ones to watch: Kevin Tickle
Ones to watch: Kevin Tickle
by Tom Shingler
21 March 2016
Formerly chief forager at L'Enclume and head chef at Rogan and Co, Kevin Tickle now runs the kitchen at Forest Side, a country house hotel in Grasmere. We caught up with him to learn more about his background and what he's putting on the menu.
Ones to watch: Guy Owen
Ones to watch: Guy Owen
Ones to watch: Guy Owen
by Tom Shingler
19 February 2016
After earning his stripes at Michelin-starred restaurants around London, Guy Owen has returned to his native Cornwall to dish up the best of the country's produce. Tom Shingler learns more about his career so far and how he's finding his new position at The Idle Rocks in St Mawes.
Ones to watch: Mark Birchall
Ones to watch: Mark Birchall
Ones to watch: Mark Birchall
by Tom Shingler
20 January 2016
After years as head chef at Simon Rogan's two-Michelin-starred L'Enclume, Mark Birchall is spreading his wings and opening his own Lancashire-based restaurant with rooms. We caught up with the chef to track his career so far and what the future holds.
Ones to watch: Scott Goss
Ones to watch: Scott Goss
Ones to watch: Scott Goss
by Tom Shingler
03 December 2015
Tom Shingler talks to Scott Goss about what it’s like to be in charge of three restaurants, how working with Gary Rhodes shaped his career and why Kent is the best place in the world for game and vegetables.
Michael Hazelwood
Ones to watch: Michael Hazlewood
Ones to watch: Michael Hazlewood
by Tom Shingler
06 November 2015
We caught up with Antidote's new head chef Michael Hazlewood to see how the new role's treating him and look back on his professional life to date.
Ones to watch: Oli Martin
Ones to watch: Oli Martin
Ones to watch: Oli Martin
by Eliot Collins
05 October 2015
Although only recently thrown into the role of head chef, Oli Martin has managed to notch up twelve years of kitchen experience and now runs a tight ship at Lancashire’s Hipping Hall. Still only twenty-six, we asked Oli about his inspirations, attitudes and love of the North West.
Ones to watch: Tomos Parry
Ones to watch: Tomos Parry
Ones to watch: Tomos Parry
by Nancy Anne Harbord
27 August 2015
Tomos Parry’s creative use of a wood-fired grill has garnered attention from many quarters – we caught up with him to discuss the continued appeal of smoke and fire.
Ones to watch: Tom van Zeller
Ones to watch: Tom van Zeller
Ones to watch: Tom van Zeller
by Nancy Anne Harbord
24 July 2015
We talked to up-and-coming talent, Tom van Zeller, about training with Tom Aikens, keeping pigeons out of his allotment and why Harrogate remains so dear.
Chef Matt Abé
Ones to watch: Matt Abé
Ones to watch: Matt Abé
by Nancy Anne Harbord
25 June 2015
We interviewed up-and-coming talent, Matt Abé – head chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, one of only four establishments in the UK with three Michelin stars. Originally hailing from Australia, he has worked with the Gordon Ramsay group since he arrived in Britain in 2006.