Tommy Banks

York Food Festival Contributor Tommy heads the kitchen at The Black Swan at Oldstead, 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 over the past 3 years a 2 acre kitchen garden has taken shape in the feld next to the restaurant. Both kitchen and front of house are now 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 also 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. Tommy competed on Great British Menu in 2016 and most recently in June 2017, with both his Mackerel fsh dish (in 2016) and his Turbot, Strawberries & Cream fsh dish (in 2017) making it through to the Banquet