Chris and James Tanner are acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs, having owned and operated their own businesses for the past twenty years. Their first restaurant, fine dining eatery Tanners, opened to critical acclaim in 1999, picking up a string of awards during its successful fifteen years in business - including AA restaurant of the year for England 2006/7. This proved to be a busy year for the brothers, as they expanded their business and opened hugely popular and successful casual dining brasserie, Barbican Kitchen, in Plymouth. Housed in the stunning Plymouth Gin Distillery on the Barbican, it continues to operate until today.
In 2014, the brothers opened their award-winning gastropub, The Kentish Hare, near Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Securing 2AA rosettes just weeks after opening, the pub was also listed in the prestigious Michelin Pub Guide, and was later named Newcomer of the year in the Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2016.
The Tanner brothers' ethos focuses on creating high quality food that celebrates the best in seasonal flavours and local sourcing, earning them and their teams international recognition and regular appearances for James on some of the UKs most popular cookery TV shows for over fifteen years now.
Alongside their businesses, the Tanner brothers work alongside several high profile global organisations. They are also extremely passionate about developing and nurturing future generations of the restaurant industry for both the kitchen and front of house, acting as patrons for both City College Plymouth & Bromley College in London.
James' career began at an early age, and whilst training at West Kent college in Tonbridge, he had his first taste of the catering industry as he worked at several renowned Kentish restaurants. Later continuing his journey in Jersey with his brother Chris, it wasn't long before Upstate New York beckoned, with James taking a position with the Roux brothers at the renowned Lake Placid Lodge. Upon his return to the UK, he headed to the 2 Michelin – starred restaurant Lettonie in Bath with Martin Blunos where he worked his way up the ranks before eventually opening his first restaurant with Chris in 1999.
Chris began his culinary career with a job in a local restaurant at the tender age of 12. After a City and Guilds course at West Kent college in Tonbridge, a position at the newly opened Brands Hatch hotel followed, before a five year stint with the Roux brothers in London at Le Gavroche/47 Park Street which also took him to New York and France. Back in the UK, stints on Jersey and a move to open the Kitley Hotel in Devon were next, before joining forces with his brother, James to open their first restaurant in 1999.