The UK chef has been awarded The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014. Fergus is the founding partner of one of the UK’s most influential restaurants, St. John in London, which opened in 1994.
Over more than two decades he raised the profile of British food through the promotion of nose-to-tail cooking – the use of every part of the animal – which is now practised in many kitchens in the UK and across the Western culinary landscape. The nose-to-tail approach has become an intrinsic part of today’s gastronomy due to his unashamed celebration of offal and indigenous food.
Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the late 90s, he has still pushed the boundaries of restaurant cooking and is revered across the world by chefs and diners alike for his intelligence and affable manner. As one of the patriarchs of the UK restaurant industry, Fergus Henderson was recognised in 2005 when he received an MBE for services to gastronomy. In 2012, he released his third book on nose-to-tail dining, The Complete Nose to Tail: A Kind of British Cooking.
The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award is voted for by over 900 international restaurant industry experts and well-travelled gourmets who comprise The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. Past winners include Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, Juan Mari Arzak, Joël Robuchon, Gualtiero Marchesi, Paul Bocuse, Albert and Michel Roux, Eckart Witzigmann and Alice Waters.
The results of The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014 will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, held in London’s Guildhall on 28th April and published live on twitter (@theworlds50best) and later on www.theworlds50best.com.
Visit Fergus Henderson's restaurant online at www.stjohngroup.uk.com