Raised on his family smallholding in Herefordshire, Tom drew his inspiration from the nature that surrounded him. He developed a passion for hunting and foraging in the Black Mountains as well as a hands-on respect for farming. The resulting appreciation of quality products and sustainable sourcing remain to be the cornerstones of Tom’s work.
Tom’s approach to food is honest, uncomplicated and produce driven, using the best seasonal ingredients that are cooked with simple technique.
Having spent the last decade working in some of London’s top restaurants, such as The Dorchester and Dinner, Tom is now on a mission to bring simple, high quality cooking into peoples homes.
Coming soon to the London food scene will be Tom’s first restaurant, Acre. Here Tom will be curating a seasonal dining experience where guests are able to try his food fresh from a professional kitchen.
Tom offers an education in professional cooking from his personal experience working in some of London’s best restaraunts. He provides his take on classic techniques and shares tips and tricks that make quality food experiences accesible to all.
Tom has had the pleasure of working with some of the leading chefs and food people in the London area. Most recently Tom has served up summer flavours at a two day pop up with Phil Howard, a one night takeover for Wildfarmed and has hosted ‘Dinner with Thomas Straker’ at Layla.
Right Then started as a pop up concept hosted by Tom at Carousel London. As lockdown eased, the pop up evolved from a takeaway only event to a seated dining experience that ran for 12 sold out weeks. Tom and the team served up 12 unique menus that brought ‘Food you want to eat’ to the people.