Head chefs are either old, experienced lags who’ve done their time and honed their craft over decades, or they’re about the same age as your iPhone, natural geniuses about to light up the world of cuisine. The Dorchester’s new head chef, 26-year-old Tom Booton, is the latter.
Leap frogging the laborious years peeling spuds, perfecting the choux and receiving black-lash from fiery chefs above them (yep, even ‘idiot sandwich’ Ramsay weathered this!), he’s accomplished what many can only dream of as he takes over The Grill at The Dorchester with its relaunch on 6th November.
Now Essex lad Tom Booton has the chance to redefine the luxurious 88-year-old restaurant as he makes history with his arrival at the iconic hotel. Over the following months The Grill will be guided in a fresh direction thanks to the new talent, putting his own stamp on the iconic dining room and its menu, with the unveiling set for early November.
So how did Tom become one of London’s finest young chefs?
Believe it or not, this isn’t actually his first role as head chef. Tom joins The Dorchester from the same position at Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury. Beginning his culinary journey as the age of 15, Tom’s exceptional dedication and talent has seen him make his way up the ranks at several leading restaurants including: Le Talbooth; L’Autre Pied and Dabbous.
Joining Tom in this extraordinary new chapter of The Grill at The Dorchester is Adam Nevin who’ll support Tom in the kitchen as sous chef. This fresh line-up is revolutionary for The Dorchester and we can’t wait to give the menu a taste!
Tom Booton will be joining The Grill at The Dorchester from 6th November, the restaurant can be found at 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA, www.thedorchestercollection.com