Michelin starred Black Swan at Oldstead chef Tommy Banks to run new Lord's Cricket Ground restaurant during Test matches

Tommy Banks always wanted to be a professional cricketer before illness saw him working in his family's pub, the Black Swan at Oldstead.

Tommy Banks

Now Tommy, who became the youngest chef to receive a Michelin star in 2013 at the age of 24, is combining his two great passions.

He will be serving up a fine dining experience at Lord’s Cricket Ground in 2021 when he becomes the opening chef of the new Edrich restaurant in a three-year partnership with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

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The contemporary restaurant will open as part of the new Compton and Edrich stands, due for completion next spring, offering Debenture-Seat Holders dishes that will boast the best of British flavours alongside the finest views on major international match days, especially curated by Tommy who is chef-director of the Michelin-starred Black Swan at Oldstead, and Roots in York.

Tommy’s first passion in life was cricket and he dreamt of becoming a professional cricketer. Life however took him in a different direction after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease he went to work his parent’s pub kitchen at a young age and quite quickly his natural culinary talents saw him swapping cricket whites for chef whites.

Tommy has become a highly acclaimed chef known for unique and innovative flavours and a dedication to sustainably sourced food, much of which he grows on the family farm in Oldstead.

He now owns and runs two thriving restaurants, as well as a premium food box delivery service Made In Oldstead. He has also won BBC’s Great British Menu twice, and is due to compete in a Christmas special of the show this December.

In 2019, he combined his two passions of cricket and food, heading up the kitchen for a sold out Lord’s Dining Club, an exclusive event in which Michelin-starred chefs host a culinary experience in the famous Long Room of the Pavilion at the Home of Cricket.

“I’m incredibly honoured to head up the new restaurant of such an exciting development at the iconic Ground," says Tommy. "I absolutely love cricket, and Lord’s is the pinnacle ground for any fan - it is such a special place. Food is a huge part of a day at the cricket; after all, this is the only sport that still pauses for lunch and tea. That’s why it’s so important to create the highest quality dining experience. I can’t wait to get started on producing a cutting edge menu to match the contemporary new stands.”

MCC’s Assistant Secretary (Commercial) Andy Muggleton said: “We have been eager to work with Tommy again since his outstanding evening at Lord’s Dining Club, and with his love of cricket and his world-class dining reputation, it’s the perfect partnership. His innovative dishes are an ideal fit for the state-of-the-art new stands, and together they will deliver the ultimate experience for our guests on major international match days at the Home of Cricket.”