1 Michelin Star Chefs: Tom De Keyser, head chef, The Coach

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 11th January 2018

Tom De Keyser is head chef at the one Michelin starred, The Coach in Marlow.

Tom's first kitchen job was at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in the York & Albany hotel in London. He worked there for two years, honing his skills and gaining vital experience.

The Coach

 Tom De Keyser, head chef, The Coach at Marlow, Tom Kerridge, Michelin star chefs

3 West Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2LS

Websitehttp://thecoachmarlow.co.uk


Opening hours: Breakfast – 8.00am to 10.30am; Lunch – 12.00pm to 2.30pm (3.00pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays); Dinner – 6.00pm to 10.30pm (9.00pm Sundays)

Chef Patron: Tom Kerridge

Executive Chef: Nick Beardshaw

Head Chef: Tom De Keyser

Restaurant Manager: Chris Heard

Facebook: The Coach at Marlow

Twitter: @TheCoachMarlow

Instagram: @thecoachmarlow

Biography

Tom De Keyser grew up in Essex with a family of passionate home cooks. Whilst studying science at university and working part-time in a local bar, Tom decided he wanted a change of career and left his course to work in the restaurant industry.

Tom De Keyser, head chef and Nick Beardshaw, The Coach at Marlow, Tom Kerridge, Michelin star chefs
Tom De Keyser and Nick Beardshaw
The Coach

Tom's first kitchen job was at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in the York & Albany hotel in London. He worked there for two years, honing his skills and gaining vital experience. Wanting to leave London, he saw that a job had become available at Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin-starred pub, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.

Tom joined the team in 2012, just after the pub was awarded its second Michelin star. There he worked alongside head chef Aaron Mulliss and senior sous chef, Nick Beardshaw for two years, before moving to new sister restaurant, The Coach.

The Coach

After the success of The Hand and Flowers, Tom Kerridge opened a second pub in Marlow, The Coach in December 2014. The Coach is a more informal venue, accessible to a wider audience. They work on a first-come first-saved basis, with no booking system. Some of the staff from The Hand and Flowers moved to the new establishment and Tom was among the opening team, with Nick Beardshaw as head chef. Tom was then promoted to head chef of The Coach in July 2017, but he still works closely with Nick on dish development.

The Coach has multi-channel television screens, where they show sports and news. The smaller plate menu is designed for sharing and grazing, and guests can add dishes to their table as and when. They were first awarded a star in the Michelin Guide 2018. Describing the day in an interview with The Staff Canteen in 2018, Tom De Keyser said: “We didn’t think it would happen for us because it’s so relaxed here – we flip burgers and watch Sky Sports. But we did, and it was amazing for us all. It was one of the best days of my life to be honest!”

Food Style

The Coach has an open kitchen, with a rotisserie as a focal point. The seasonal menu offers modern, refined comfort food. In keeping with the traditional ‘pub style’, there is always a rotisserie dish, and a pasty, pie or wellington available. 

Venison chilli with toasted rice cream, red wine and chocolate,  Tom De Keyser, head chef at The Coach, Marlow

Venison chilli with toasted

rice cream, red wine & chocolate


The Coach source their game meat from a local gamekeeper, so depending on what comes in, venison, mallard and pheasant dishes have been known to make an appearance on the menu.

The Coach burger has also become very popular – a refined take on a traditional hamburger with a Jacobs Ladder (short rib of beef), honey glazed bacon and West Country cheddar.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 11th January 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Tom De Keyser, head chef, The Coach