Jason Atherton was the first British chef to complete a stage at Spain’s famous elBulli restaurant in 1998. This invaluable experience laid the foundation for his unique creative style and fuelled his insatiable thirst for culinary knowledge. Having worked under Pierre Koffmann, Nico Ladenis, and Marco Pierre White, Jason opened Maze, the most successful restaurant in the Gordon Ramsay group. Jason launched his own restaurant company, Jason Atherton Ltd, in 2011 and his flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social won a Michelin star in its first year. He has since launched Little Social, Michelin-starred Social Eating House and Berners Street Tavern, which won AA restaurant of the year in 2014. Jason has opened restaurants in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, and launched in Dubai, New York and a new London restaurant, Social Wine and Tapas, in 2015. This year Jason will launch two new restaurants in London: Sosharu in Clerkenwell and Nova in Victoria. He will also launch Kensington Street Social in Sydney.
Jason’s restaurants have won an unprecedented number of awards including Best New Restaurant, Chef of the Year, Best Restaurant of the Year, and Jason was announced GQ Chef of the Year in 2013.
Jason was on our screens as co-Judge in Sky Living’s major food series My Kitchen Rules alongside Lorraine Pascale, and is a regular chef on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. Jason has also appeared in BBC’s Great British Food Revival and was the winning chef in BBC2′s Great British Menu 2008, returning ever since to mentor the new competing chefs.
Jason’s third book Social Suppers was published by Bloomsbury in June 2014, Social Sweets in June 2015, and Pollen Street Social will be published in 2017.
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