To say that culinary expert Tom Sellers is a bit of a whiz in the kitchen would be somewhat of an understatement.
The 25-year old chef has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world, counts the likes of Thomas Keller, Adam Byatt and Tom Aikens amongst his list of mentors and has previously received rave reviews for his 2011 pop-up restaurant Foreword.
Keen not to rest on his apron strings, Tom is about to take the culinary world by storm once again with the opening of his brand new restaurant, Story. Not bad for a former pot washer from Nottingham who was kicked out of school at the age of 16 is it?
Story is Tom’s brand new restaurant set to open its doors for the first time in April 2013. The restaurant follows on from Tom’s previous success with Foreword – the chef’s pop-up site which debuted in November 2011 – and is certainly a site to keep an eye on.
Housed within a former toilet block on Bermondsey’s Tooley Street, Story promises to showcase inventive dishes and skilled kitchen alchemy, whilst championing British produce and design. The site which is being project managed by Total Project Integration (TPI) includes a bar – showcasing a great selection of spirits and beers – as well as an external landscaped area with room for a barbecue.
Commenting on the fantastic new venture, Tom said:
“Story will tell my story through food. It will be me – all my experiences, influences and inspirations – on a plate.
“I have worked closely with our designers in order to get the design of the restaurant just right – including a great mix of glass and leather – and we have taken inspiration from the local area.”
Expelled at the age of 16, Nottingham-born Tom saw cooking as a much welcome alternative to academia and managed to bag his first job in a pub kitchen washing up dishes. However, it wasn’t long before Tom switched sink duties for a turn at the stove and soon his sharpened skills landed him a position at Tom Aikens’ Chelsea restaurant.
Tom then spent the next two-and-a half years learning his craft before undertaking work in some of the best restaurants in California, New York, London and Copenhagen. Finally, with his mentors behind him and the support of a group of financial backers, Tom returned to native waters in order to get his own restaurant off the ground.
“I realised that not only did I enjoy cooking, but I was actually quite good at it. Throughout my career I have been working towards setting up my own restaurant and I am now concentrating on getting this one exactly the way I want it.”
Although cookers have yet to be fired up at Story, reservations for the 42-cover restaurant can be made from 9th March. For more information about Story, or to make a reservation, please visit: www.restaurantstory.co.uk.
Chapman Ventilation Ltd
Starting life as a general ventilation company in 1967, Chapman Ventilation Ltd. has since become an industry-leading supplier of bespoke, energy-efficient ventilation and air conditioning systems specifically for the UK restaurant industry. It specialises in delivering entire HVAC solutions, from concept to completion, and often in particularly challenging circumstances. High profile clients include Hawksmoor, Jamie’s Italian and of course, Story.
Story, built on the site of a former Bermondsey toilet block, consists of two levels: a basement with the main cook line, offices, and public toilets, and a 42-cover dining area on the ground floor. Because the building is quite small, space is at a premium and all aspects of the installation and design have been tailored specifically for this site. A glazed-walled kitchen in the dining area features a bespoke 3.5m canopy with canopy containment air technology: Chapman’s unique energy-saving system designed to reduce extract volumes and ensure that cooking fumes and convective heat are effectively removed from the workplace. This is balanced with comfort cooling in the dining area, a 5m canopy on the main cook line and high-performance Electrostatic Precipitators and Ultraviolet Odour Control systems for a complete HVAC solution.
Chapman Ventilation Ltd. Head of Marketing, Jenny Handy, said:
“We have over forty years’ experience designing, manufacturing and installing odour control, grease and smoke removal, and kitchen ventilation solutions for a wide range of clients. We’re committed to using the most sustainable products that we can find, partnering with market leaders and sourcing from companies that have a good reputation for sustainability to ensure that clients, like Tom Sellers, get the very best results.”