Tommy Banks is a multi-award-winning chef, and one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative restaurateurs, growing his menu in North Yorkshire where he owns two Michelin-starred restaurants, a premium food box business and canned wine brand.
Born and raised in the small village of Oldstead, Tommy comes from a farming background, and has watched his family farm the land in around Oldstead since he was a child.
In 2006, the family took the plunge and purchased their run-down village pub, adding a food menu, to revive the historic public house. Six years later, in 2012, the restaurant earned its first Michelin-star, and in 2013, when Tommy took over as Head Chef and retained the star, he became the youngest-ever chef to win the accolade.
Tommy is a veteran judge on BBC’s The Great British Menu, having won the competition in 2016, 2017 and 2020. In 2018, he also went on to co-host BBC cookery show The Big Family Cooking Showdown.
Off-screen Tommy’s biggest passion is cricket and is proud to hold a chef residency at Lord’s Cricket Ground at their latest restaurant The Edrich.
Tommy holds two Michelin stars, one each for his two restaurants The Black Swan at Oldstead and Roots in York, as well as a Michelin green star for efforts with sustainable gastronomy.
"I find myself willing the earth to warm up and the sun to shine so we can begin to grow."
Purchase vouchers for restaurant dining experiences alongside our range of Oldstead merchandise.
"The foundations of food are the same. After that, you’re simply painting the same picture, but with new and exciting paints."
Join The Team
We’re always looking for talented, ambitious, forward-thinking people to join our team, in a variety of roles across our business.
Contact us at email@example.com to get the conversation started.
What we offer:
Access to private health and other wellbeing initiatives
Access to training in a variety of areas
Access to learning and development around growing, foraging, and farming
Opportunity to participate in The Ainsworth and Banks exchange
Referral bonus schemes
Staff accommodation (if available)
The Tommy Banks Group was named no. 10 in Top 30 Best Places to Work In Hospitality in 2022 by The Caterer.