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Tommy Banks

Tommy Banks


Tommy Banks, Head Chef of The Black Swan at Oldstead, winner of Great British Menu 2016 & one of the youngest chefs to be awarded a Michelin Star in the UK.

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Tommy has a unique cooking style; cutting edge and modern yet influenced by tradition. He heads up the kitchen at The Black Swan at Oldstead, Yorkshire, which he and his family have owned and run for the past 10 years. They have lived and farmed around Oldstead for many generations; it's very much their creation, and very much Tommy's passion. With his farming background naturally he wanted to grow his own produce in Oldstead so there is now a 2 acre kitchen garden in the field next to the restaurant. Both kitchen and front of house are very closely involved in the incredibly short journey from field to plate.

Tommy has achieved great attention and national recognition. At the age of twenty-four, he became the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Britain when The Black Swan retained its star in September 2013. The Black Swan gained a 4th AA Rosette in January 2016, making it unique as the only restaurant in Yorkshire and the North-East to hold a Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosettes.

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