Tom stands in front of a wall made of worn bricks; he's wearing his chef's whites and has his hands in his pockets.

Chef Judge – Tom Simmons  

Head Chef and Owner – Thomas

Born and bred in Wales, Tom's respect and passion for nature, produce and cooking has been a major part of his life from a young age, and his earliest memories are of roaming farmers' markets in Pembrokeshire and harvesting his mother's vegetable garden.

Beginning his hospitality career prepping vegetables on weekends at a local pub, Tom quickly realised he loved the industry and wanted to push himself. By 18 he’d moved to London to work at the Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s.

Tom became the youngest ever contestant to reach the quarter finals of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2011, before moving back to Pembrokeshire to become Head Chef at Wolfscastle Country Hotel and gain 2AA rosettes.

In 2017, Tom opened and ran an eponymous restaurant in London at Tower Bridge for a number of years before moving back to Wales to open his current venture, Thomas, with his partner Lois in the spring of 2020, in Cardiff’s leafy suburb of Pontcanna.

Influenced by British and French cuisine and inspired by his love and respect for homegrown Welsh ingredients, Thomas is flourishing, and Tom has also opened two new bakeries, Ground, nearby with the view to open more in coming years.