2010 saw Henry appear in the Great British Menu on BBC2 where he competed against other talented chefs to create exciting and sumptuous dishes. Since then he has also appeared in several episodes of Market Kitchen on the Good Food network. A graduate from Westminster Catering College and a 5th generation baker, Henry is passionate about carefully sourced, good quality seasonal ingredients. He feels very strongly about English heritage and preserving all this country has to offer but has often been forgotten. Reviving old recipes is all part of his mission to restore the food culture in Britain.
During his time as Head Chef of Clerkenwell’s award winning pub, The Coach & Horses, Henry not only carefully selected small suppliers with whom he
could develop a personal relationship, but used their produce to maximum effect by way of using every part with little waste. This style of cooking helped
to develop a unique menu where the whole of edible nature was celebrated to the full.
2010 was a defining year for Henry as he got married, bought a home in the Cotswolds and left his beloved pub. Pursuing his desire to experience other
cultures, Henry travelled to India and lived there for two months. Upon his return, Henry to turned his hand to a new trade and now fronts a butcher’s shop, which specialises in charcuterie. He feels it is about time the British butcher had a shake up and wake up to modern tastes but also bring back some of the pride this country once had with meat. Coming from the point of view of a cook, he feels he has something to offer the customer that other butchers may have struggled with. Time will tell if his adventure will succeed.
In 2010 Tom appeared in a documentary for BBC4 called In Search of the Perfect Loaf. It took him the length and breadth of the country, exploring methods of bread making. In the same year he appeared on Mary Queen of Shops on BBC2.
Tom is a 5th generation baker with hot bread in his genes and with a proven ability to share the good bread message he is winning people over to the light side. Fresh out of baking college, he won Young Baker of the Year with an ambition to ‘do for bread what Rick Stein has done for fish’. With a wealth of artisanal nous and a lively baking and business heritage, Tom has gone on to collect numerous awards. His family business, Hobbs House Bakery has won Organic loaf of the year, 9 out of 10 times, and been featured in the aforementioned Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, as a Super Food Hero, Henrietta Green’s Food Lovers Guide to Britain, and also featured in the Independents top 50 food shops.
As a baker, Tom is passionate about eating, sharing and making bread. With his wood fired oven at his bakery/cafe by the stream in Nailsworth, he regularly gives talks, demonstrations and bread making courses. Tom is the eldest of six and is father to four children, meaning
there is always something to report in his columns. As a highly respected and knowledgeable baker Tom has judged at baking events across the world, including Pain, Prosciutto, Fantasia in Umbria Italy, as well as Young Baker of the Year in 2001.
Healing the hurt caused by 70 years of abominable bread, Tom might just be the best thing since sliced bread.