No Reservations star calls in on The Kitchin

The Kitchin Restaurant in Leith has further consolidated its reputation for attracting an international clientele with the visit of Anthony Bourdain, chef, best-selling author and worldwide television celebrity.

Bourdain, who attracts a vast audience for his dramatic and fearless cooking programme No Reservations, had particularly asked to meet chef-patron Tom Kitchin – Scotland’s youngest Michelin star – while he was making the UK instalment of his TV show for the Discovery channel.

Bourdain had been introduced to Tom Kitchin’s fresh and innovative cooking by Inspector Rebus author Ian Rankin, who is a regular diner at the Kitchin with his London publishers.

Rankin, who said that Bourdain – known as the Mafia Chef as a result of his fast-paced, New York-based thrillers – had helped him with crime detail and, in return, he was acting as Bourdain’s unofficial guide to Edinburgh.

Bourdain is a favourite among chefs for his super-realistic evocation of kitchen life, backed by creative wit and superb technical knowledge. Sunday Times reviewer A A Gill described him as “Elizabeth David written by Quentin Tarantino”.

Tom Kitchin said: “Ian Rankin took Tony to the Oxford Bar, of course, then they came down to Leith to see the restaurant. I brought Tony to see my fish supplier, George Campbell in Ferry Road and he was astounded at the quality of Scottish seafood.

“He helped me choose scallops, langoustine, turbot and wolf fish for that night’s dinner, then joined us in the restaurant where he went through the card with our special tasting menu.

“We have won several awards at The Kitchin but, for a chef, there is nothing more satisfying than the recognition and respect of his peers. So it was a special privilege and pleasure to have Anthony Bourdain as a guest. He is welcome back at any time.”

Notes to editors:

Tom Kitchin was born in Edinburgh and brought up in Kinross. After training in a local hotel and Gleneagles Hotel, he spent nearly five years working for the legendary Pierre Koffmann in the three Michelin-starred La Tante Claire in London, during which time Koffmann became both a friend and mentor.

Tom also worked and trained at the three-star Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris, and spent two years at Alain Ducasse’s renowned three-star Louis XV restaurant in Monte Carlo. He was also Executive Chef for Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford.

Tom and his Swedish wife Michaela, who herself trained with The Savoy Group in London and worked at the super luxurious Burj Al Arab in Dubai, opened their own restaurant The Kitchin in Leith in June 2006. After only seven months, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in January 2007 – an unprecedentedly rapid recognition. At the age of 29, Tom Kitchin became the youngest ever Scottish chef to hold a Michelin star.

In September 2007 The Kitchin was elected to a small and exclusive band of restaurants which are at the top of their game with the award by inspectors of three AA rosettes.

The Kitchin has received numerous accolades since the opening including Restaurant of the Year, by the List Magazine, and Restaurant Newcomer of the Year at the Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards.

Tom Kitchin was also awarded the Scottish Chef of the Year 2007 title at the Scottish Chef Awards and Chef of the Year 2007 at Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards.

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