Twitter Interview / Tom Aikens


Today we launched our new series of Twitter interviews with designer Martin Brudnizki, and then restauranteur and Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2013 judge Tom Aikens.

With a father and grandfather in the wine business, it wasn’t long before Norfolk-born Tom Aikens discovered France, and the central importance of food in French life.  In 2003, Tom opened his own, eponymous restaurant in Chelsea, winning a Michelin star in 2004. In 2005, it was placed eighth in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Tom’s second restaurant, the brasserie-style Tom’s Kitchen, opened in Chelsea in 2006. He opened another Tom’s Kitchen at London’s Somerset House in 2009, and there are plans for more in 2013.

Q1. How do you think food and interior design are linked?

Like design, food is an art & process. Both require thought & planning w/ the goal of triggering an emotional response #RABDAinterview

Q2. Other than your own, which restaurant do you admire for innovative design?

I love the attn to detail that went into @ColbertChelsea– it feels like an old Parisian cafe w/a rich history & great buzz #RABDAinterview

Q3. What comes first for a new restaurant: the menu or the design of the space?

@TomAikensRest they were developed together we wanted the design to reflect & complement the dishes #RABDAinterview

Q4. Who is the designer you admire the most?

I’m a big fan of @LINLEYLondon who I’ve worked with but I always keep an eye out for local designers when I travel #RABDAinterview

Q5. What would be your ideal location for a new restaurant?

Any place I could cook for a new audience- we are opening @TomsKitchens in Canary Wharf this spring #RABDAinterview

Follow Tom on Twitter: @tomaikens @tomaikensrest

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