1 Michelin Star Chefs: James Lowe, head chef, Lyle's

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James Lowe is head chef at the one Michelin starred Lyle's.

James started his kitchen career at 23, after working as a waiter in Wapping, East London. 


Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ

Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 8am-11pm; Saturday: 12-11pm

Closed Sunday

Telephone: 02030115911

Website: https://www.lyleslondon.com/

Email: [email protected]

Head chef: James Lowe

Restaurant manager: Jonty Hylands

Sommelier: Nominöe Guillebot 

Twitter: @LylesLondon

Facebook: Lyle's


The chef had originally wanted to be a pilot, but realised that reaching his goal was a lot more difficult than he had originally anticipated. Working in a restaurant allowed James to see the talented chefs in action, and he fell in love with their respect and adoration for the produce they were handling.

That converted James, and his heart was then set on becoming a chef. He was determined to have his own restaurant by 30.

James worked hard at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Rob Weston’s La Trompette and Fergus Henderson’s St Johns. He needed to learn as much as he could, and was able to work at well known, high-achieving restaurants. He was finally prepared to work alongside his friend Isaac McHale in a pop up restaurant, The Ten Bells, Spitalfields.

James Lowe
James Lowe

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It was only after this that James was able to fulfill his dream to open his own restaurant. In April 2014, Lyle’s was opened in Shoreditch. Just 18 months after opening, it was awarded its first Michelin star. James was devoted to fresh and seasonal produce, and ensured that he included this in the Lyle’s menu.

Eager to learn, James is on a quest to invite worldwide famous chefs to cook with him and teach him about their local produce, and he will return the favour and exchange his knowledge.

Working with other chefs and pop-ups 

In 2011 before Isaac McHale opened his one Michelin-starred restaurant, The Clove Club, James did a pop-up with the chef at the Ten Bells in Shoreditch joking about who would open their place first.

Speaking to The Guardian about working with other chefs and whether or not he feels competition between his other contemporaries James said: "people are genuinely encouraging of others: there are so many styles of places to eat now and they are all valid. The best food isn't at Michelin-starred restaurants anymore – fact, it's not."











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Editor 18th October 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: James Lowe, head chef, Lyle's