Chef Tom Shepherd Bio, Wiki, Age, Great British Menu, Upstairs by Tom Shepherd, Instagram

Tom Shepherd Biography – Tom Shepherd Wiki

Tom Shepherd is a chef and owner of Upstairs by Tom Shepherd, a Michelin-stared restaurant based in Lichfield, Staffordshire. The Birmingham-born chef opened the acclaimed eatery above his dad’s business, City Jewellers, in Bore Street, Lichfield, in October 2021.

Tom began his career at New Hall Hotel in Walmley, and worked as a sous chef with Michael Wignall at The Latymer (2) before landing a job as Development chef at Restaurant Sat Baines (2).

His first head chef role was at Michelin-starred Adam’s Restaurant in Birmingham. He stayed there for two and a half years, during which time he retained the restaurant’s 3 AA Rosettes and Michelin star.

He received an Acorn award in 2018 – which celebrates the top 30 under 30 within the hospitality industry.

Finally in 2021, he was able to open his own restaurant, Upstairs by Tom Shepherd, and received his own Michelin star just a few months later.

Tom, from Sutton Coldfield, moved to Lichfield when he was 11 as an only child with parents Paul and Sara. He did not take the usual route to becoming one of the top chefs in the country after finishing secondary school at The Friary.

He told StaffordshireLive: “There was no romance behind my passion for food. You hear about people who baked scones with their nan at 11, but that just wasn’t me. I was very much only interested in sports as I grew up and am a big Aston Villa fan. I could foresee no future in sport, though, so I quickly changed to hospitality, because I was working at the George Hotel aged 15 or 16 as a pot washer part-time.

“I then actually got headhunted by someone at the George Hotel and was told that there was a job opportunity at the New Hall in Walmley, which is back where I grew up.

“There was then a trainee manager position which was offered to be and I couldn’t believe how natural I found cooking, having no interest in it, but the camaraderie and environment suited me so well.”

Tom Shepherd Age

Chef Tom Shepherd was born in 1990 in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. He is 33 years old as of 2023.

Tom Shepherd Great British Menu

Chef Tom Shepherd is representing the Central region in the Great British Menu kitchen. Joining him are Thom Bateman, chef patron of The Flintlock in Cheddleton, Marianne Lumb, private chef for exclusive clients, and Kareem Roberts, head chef at Trinity in Cambridge.

This year’s theme celebrates animation and illustration for Paddington Bear’s 65th Birthday. For his Birmingham inspired menu, Tom will be playing homage to British created video game Pac-man 3, and Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel ‘Fungus the Bogeyman.’

Tom Shepherd Instagram

Chef Tom Shepherd’s Instagram handle is @cheftomshepherd.