Tommy Banks, Chef/Owner, The Black Swan at Oldstead

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Tommy Banks is chef/owner at the one Michelin starred, The Black Swan at Oldstead in York.

The Black Swan at Oldstead is a restaurant with rooms created by The Banks family who have lived and farmed around Oldstead for centuries.

The tasting menu format and is driven by produce from their farm, garden and local hedgerows. They use an array of preservation techniques to ensure these ingredients last, which results in dishes with bold contrasts, plenty of depth and very little wastage.

On the Michelin Green Star, Tommy said: "Sustainability is at the core of our ethos. We source most of our produce from my parents’ farm, which uses sustainable farming practices (30 acres is dedicated to the restaurant), and the rest of our produce is sourced from like-minded suppliers. We hope our restaurant can make a positive difference."

Other Accolades

The Black Swan, which also has four rosettes from the AA Restaurant Guide, won a Michelin star in 2012 under a different head chef - something Tommy was keen to retain. The following year the chef became the youngest chef in Britain to hold a star when the restaurant retained the accolade.

In October 2017, the Michelin starred restaurant was voted the world’s best rated restaurant by TripAdvisor.

Roots was awarded a star in the Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland in 2021.

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Tommy Banks, Chef/Owner, The Black Swan at Oldstead