Kerridge is the nation’s favourite pub chef

By Nikkie Sutton

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New venue: Kerridge has recently opened a restaurant in the Corinthia Hotel London in Westminster (image credit: Restaurant magazine - Mat Quake)
New venue: Kerridge has recently opened a restaurant in the Corinthia Hotel London in Westminster (image credit: Restaurant magazine - Mat Quake)
Celebrity chef and operator Tom Kerridge is the UK’s favourite pub chef, according to a new survey, based on cookbook sales over the past two decades.

The two Michelin-starred chef who runs three pubs – the Hand & Flowers, the Coach and the Butcher’s Tap, all in Marlow, Buckinghamshire – was number 11 on the list.

He opened a new restaurant, Kerridge's Bar & Grill, his first site in London, this month (September) at the Corinthia Hotel London in Westminster.

The research, based on cookbook sales, was carried out by price comparison website GoCompare​ which studied the UK’s favourite chefs, ranked by the popularity of their books to have appeared on Amazon’s bestselling books chart between 1998 and 2018.

Popular cuisine

Kerridge wasn’t the only pub chef to be mentioned with Heston Blumenthal, who owns the Hind’s Head at Bray, Berkshire,​ coming in at number 19.

GoCompare also revealed the most popular cuisine from Amazon’s bestselling books archive, which was fusion, with British-inspired food in second place, and veggie or vegan in third.

When it came to the most popular category of cookbook, diets and healthy eating topped the list with 73 books.

The top 20:

  1. Jamie Oliver (19 books in best sellers, 18 years on best sellers, average chart rank of 23)
  2. Nigella Lawson (12 books in best sellers, 11 years on best sellers, average chart rank of 19)
  3. Delia Smith (eight books in best sellers, nine years on best sellers, average chart rank of 31)
  4. Rick Stein (eight books in best sellers, eight years on best sellers, average chart rank of 32)
  5. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (nine books in best sellers, 12 years on best sellers, average chart rank of 59)
  6. Nigel Slater (eight books in best sellers, eight years on best sellers, average chart rank of 56)
  7. Mary Berry (eight books in best sellers, seven years on best sellers, average chart rank of 41)
  8. Joe Wicks (five books in best sellers, four years on best sellers, average chart rank of 14)
  9. Gordon Ramsay (six books in best sellers, seven years on best sellers, average chart rank of 49)
  10. Robert C Atkins (five books in best sellers, six years on best sellers, average chart rank of 34)
  11. Tom Kerridge (four books in best sellers, four years on best sellers, average chart rank of 29)
  12. Gillian McKeith (four books in best sellers, four years on best sellers, average chart rank of 31)
  13. Hairy Bikers (seven books in best sellers, seven years on best sellers, average chart rank of 59)
  14. Lorraine Pascale (three books in best sellers, two years on best sellers, average chart rank of 28)
  15. Claire Bailey and Michael Mosley (two books in best sellers, three years on best sellers, average chart rank of 34)
  16. Paul Hollywood (three books in best sellers, two years on best sellers, average chart rank of 33)
  17. Gary Rhodes (two books in best sellers, three years on best sellers, average chart rank of 52)
  18. Ella Mills (Woodward) (two books in best sellers, one year on best sellers, average chart rank of 49)
  19. Heston Blumenthal (two books in best sellers, two years on best sellers, average chart rank of 80)
  20. James Martin (two books in best sellers, two years on best sellers, average chart rank of 72)

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