Began working at his parents' restaurant at the age of 8.
Has published numerous best-selling cookbooks and writes columns for various British magazines.
Opened a not-for-profit restaurant, Fifteen, in London in 2002. The establishment offers training in the restaurant business for a group of disadvantaged young adults.
Was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2003 for his service to the hospitality industry.
Has led a campaign to increase the nutritional quality of food served in schools in both the U.S. and the U.K. In 2010, he was awarded a TED Prize to continue his efforts to teach people about food and cooking, and to combat obesity.
Launched the YouTube cooking channel Food Tube in 2013.
Is a patron of the environmental charity Trees for Cities.