The astronomic rise of chef Tom Sellers

Published on December 18, 2014

Chef Tom Sellers, who began his career as a 16-year-old apprentice with The Hammer & Pincers in Leicestershire in 2004, has won an award for running the best restaurant in Britain.

His Michelin-starred restaurant Story in Southwark, south London, has topped OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants list. The list was compiled by 340,000 OpenTable diners from across the UK in the past 12 months.

Sellers’ menu is inspired by the history of British food and features exclusively British produce paired with fine wines and British craft ales.

The picture (above left), sent to us by Hammer & Pincers owner Danny Jimminson, shows Tom’s first day in his first chef’s job, working the stoves with sous chef Damian.

Danny said: “we would all like to congratulate Tom – we are very proud. He has come a long way since he stepped into our kitchen back in 2004 as a 16 year old apprentice!”

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.