A butcher’s daughter, Marianne Lumb was born in Melton Mowbray. At 21 years of age, she decided to follow her passion for cooking and commenced classic training as a chef at Michelin-starred Gravetye Manor.
After three years of training, Marianne was appointed private chef to the Bamford, Soros and Sainsbury families catering to the palates of some wealthy and powerful people. During those 12 years, she lived in the UK, USA and Australia, catering for formal functions of 300 as well as for smaller gatherings.
In 2013, Marianne opened Restaurant Marianne in London’s Notting Hill to critical acclaim. Within one month of opening, she was awarded AMEX London Restaurant Festival ‘Chef of the Year’ and in 2017, won London’s ‘Top Gastronomic Experience’ by Harden’s guide. In her small 14-seat restaurant, the tasting menu focused on clever yet approachable dishes where fresh produce and deliciousness remained front and centre.
Marianne spent five years at the helm of her eponymous restaurant before leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Experienced in the media, Marianne is a regular on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and was a finalist on BBC’s Professional MasterChef in 2008. In August 2018, and competes on BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’ 2018.
A knife skills expert, Marianne published her first book ‘Kitchen Knife Skills’ with Quarto (2008).