Fergus Henderson was born in London in 1963. He attended King Alfred School and went on to train as an architect. It was during this period that he started cooking seriously. Whilst studying at the Architectural Association, he took a job at Smith’s Restaurant in Covent Garden and thus began his career as a chef.
Fergus received an MBE in 2005 for his services to gastronomy and was awarded his first Michelin Star in 2009 for his restaurant St. JOHN in Smithfield. As well as running both St. JOHN Bar and Restaurant and St. JOHN Bread and Wine in Spitalfields, in April 2011 he opened the doors to his first hotel, the St. JOHN Hotel in London’s Chinatown.
2011 – The opening of St. JOHN Hotel.
2003 – The opening of St. JOHN’s offspring, St. JOHN Bread and Wine.
2001 – Fergus and Trevor set up HG Wines.
1994 – The opening of St. JOHN Bar and Restaurant, with Jon Spiteri and Trevor Gulliver.
1990 – The French House Dining Room, with Margot Henderson and Jon Spiteri.
1988 – The Globe in Notting Hill.
1987 – Smith’s Restaurant in Covent Garden.
1986 – 17 Mercer Street in Covent Garden.
2007 – “Beyond Nose to Tail: A Kind of British Cooking Part II” published by Bloomsbury. To buy this book click the "Books" link below.
2006 – “How I learnt to cook” published by Bloomsbury.
2004 – “The Whole Beast”, the American re-issue of “Nose to Tail Eating”.
2004 – “Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind of British Cooking” re-published by Bloomsbury in the UK with a new introduction by Anthony Bourdain, in line with St. JOHN’s 10th Anniversary. To buy this book click the "Books" link below.
2004 – “Don’t try this at Home” published by Bloomsbury.
1999 – “Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind of British Cooking”, published by McMillan. To buy this book click the "Books" link below.Awards:
2009 – Outstanding Achievement Award by The Observer Food Monthly.
2009 – Global Gastronomy Award by the Sweden-based White Guide.
2005 – Fergus received an MBE.
1999 – Andre Simon Award.
Photo of Fergus by Patricia Niven