Westminster trained, John Lawson started his career at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. His training with Raymond Blanc saw him go on to work in two and three Michelin star restaurants in France, UK, USA and Australia, restaurants including Daniel Boulud’s and Gordon Ramsay at The London, New York. John has been a private chef for The Sultan of Oman and a high-profile celebrity family. John was appointed Executive Chef & partner of No.8 at Crown, Melbourne in September 2013. His achievements were not only limited to the restaurant; he made an appearance on MasterChef as well as cooking at the Australian Open in 2014 and 2015. In October 2016 John returned to the UK after fighting a brain tumour, he opened his restaurant FOOD by John Lawson in June 2017, with its main focus on health and well-being, educating his guests in the importance of eating ‘real food’. ‘FOOD’ by John Lawson can be found in the fishing town of Leigh-on-sea, perfectly located near the sea for fresh fish and on the edge of the beautiful Essex Countryside for fresh local produce. They opened their doors in June 2017 offering guests a food experience, there is no menu, whatever is in season and delivered from the fisherman or farmer is prepared and presented in the restaurant. Only open Wednesday – Saturday evenings and Sunday Lunch, it’s about a good lifestyle balance for Chef John and his team. After discovering a brain tumour in 2015, life for John had to change, health and well being is the focus now and this echoes through the restaurant. All dishes are free from refined sugar, use ingredients grown locally, are beautifully presented and full of flavour.
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