I was born in 1954 and grew up in Bury, Lancashire, where my love of good eating was established at the kitchen table. I left school at seventeen to work in the kitchen of Yves Champeau, the acclaimed chef-patron of the Normandie in Birtle where the flavours of regional French cooking made a lasting impression on me. I set up on my own at the Shed in Dinas near Fishguard at the age of 21 and in 1978 was fortunate to win an Egon Ronay star. In 1983 I launched on the London restaurant scene as chef at the newly opened Hilaire on the Old Brompton Road and my friendship with one particularly good customer, Terence Conran, finally led to the opening of Bibendum in 1987 where I worked as chef until 1995 when I retired to concentrate on my writing.
I took my first steps into the television world of cookery in a series for BBC One called ‘The Good Cook’, which was also accompanied by ‘The Good Cook’ book.
My second television series is now on More4 - ‘Simon Hopkinson Cooks’. In this series I’m going to demonstrate how to cook extraordinary food at home. I’ll be visiting some of Britain’s best restaurants, from the River Café to the Walnut Tree, The Anchor and Hope to Fino, to be inspired and of course to talk food.
With my knowledge and experience I want to inspire you to cook superb food, and to show you how to put together exceptional menus for a variety of occasions.
I love sharing my knowledge and experience of cooking with others and I've written several best selling cookbooks. You can find a link to all of them on this website.
I'm delighted to announce that a book to accompany my new series 'Simon Hopkinson Cooks' will be available in September 2013.