Tom’s family have generations of history cultivating oysters on the North Essex Coast, since the 1700s, in fact. Tom’s father, Richard, is the seventh generation oysterman, making Tom proud to be the eighth. The oysters Tom’s family produce are sold throughout the UK and internationally. They also have a stand at the world-famous Borough Market, giving thousands of people the pleasure of guzzling this wonderful mollusc.
Tom has grown up learning and working with his father and is keen about carrying on the baton of an industry which is about respecting nature, working with nature and appreciating the wonderful product of nature.
Tom’s mother, Heather, opened the renowned The Company Shed in the 1980s primarily as fishmongers, selling fresh fish from local fishermen. As time marched on, the business expanded into what is now a famous seafood restaurant, serving fresh, wonderful seafood in a no-nonsense, rustic setting. Tom has spent many years working at The Shed keen to serve people with the highest quality seafood. With over twenty years of experience, Tom has managed restaurants in England and New Zealand, hosts private dinner parties as the client’s own personal chef, creates pop-up restaurant evenings and is continually trying to expand his knowledge and love for food and giving people a truly wonderful dining experience. He’s awesome!