The road to Plymouth
Having gained experience in a range of kitchens, the brothers decided to join forces.
Since growing up and attending college in Kent, the brothers’ illustrious careers have taken them to some of the finest dining establishments in the UK. James has worked for Martin Blunos at Michelin-starred, Lettonie in Bath, while Chris held positions at Brands Hatch Hotel, Le Gavroche in Mayfair for the Roux brothers and Kitley House Hotel, a 500-year old country house in Devon. Stints overseas include the Roux Brothers’ Lake Placid Lodge in New York for James while Chris has developed his skills in kitchens in France, Jersey and New York.
The brothers decided to join forces, and in 1999 launched Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth, which was received the AA’s ‘Best Restaurant in the UK’ award shortly afterwards. In 2006 they opened The Barbican Kitchen which is housed within the world-famous Plymouth Gin distillery, central to the historic Barbican waterfront, Sutton Harbour and Mayflower Steps.
Plymouth was the first city in the UK to be awarded the Fish2Fork Blue City status for its responsible approach to marine sustainability. Plymouth Fisheries at Sutton Harbour sell approximately 6,000 tonnes of fish each year. The waterfront also plays host to an annual Seafood Festival each September. Chris and James are ambassadors for the South West’s largest food and drink festival, Flavour Fest, which showcases the region’s finest food, drink and culinary talent at the end of May each year.