Staff Profile – Tom Hanlon-McNab, Sous Chef

tom mcnab - sous chef

Tom is our brilliant sous chef who has been with us for 15 months now. He is in charge of the kitchen when Head Chef, John Watson, is away on leave or having a day off. Tom is at the helm most Sundays for our delicious roast lunch. His real passion is preparing and cooking that perfect fish. Tom says, “This might sound sad, but I find the precise preparation of fish somewhat therapeutic. Cooking them is always a challenge to get that exact consistency and caramelisation. It’s all in the timing, flipping and a bit of good luck.”

Tom is originally from Cumbria, but like many graduates, stayed in Bristol following his degree at UWE in Audio and Music Technology. To earn some cash he started off at the bottom rung of the cooking ladder as a kitchen porter (washer upper) at Bravas. He speedily rose through the ranks to Chef de Partie at the Pump House and then Sous Chef at the Gallimaufrey. Now, second in command at No Man’s Grace, his preferred style of Modern British/French cooking is blossoming in our kitchens.

When he isn’t slaving away in the kitchen at NMG, Tom likes to go for walks with his girlfriend in the local area, read Ian M Banks books and play pool in the Clyde Arms. His music tastes are somewhat eclectic – from electronic to Paul Simon, with Bonobo, Nick Drake and Fourtet in between. Apart from NMG, he loves eating at Wilks when he can afford it, and Pasta Loco when the bank balance is less healthy. A bloody Mary at Rosemario goes well on a night off.