Stephen Harris
The chef behind the UK's #1 restaurant
Stephen Harris
Few take are as deeply engaged with their local cuisine as Stephen Harris. The punk rocker, turned history teacher, turned financial professional, turned proprietor-chef, grew up a few miles from the Sportsman, his acclaimed pub-turned-restaurant on Britain's Kent Coast, which Harris bought in 1999.

Rather than distance himself from his surroundings and fare, Harris immersed himself in them. The self-taught chef waded out into the shallows to collect his own sea salt, churned local milk into butter, and developed an incredible menu from his regions cuisine, to win over nearby farmers, dairies and fishermen, as well as distant, metropolitan critics.

Restaurant magazine editor Stefan Chomka described Harris as "one of a handful of UK chefs to practice genuine terroir cooking down in the Kent estuary," while Daniel Humm of New York's Eleven Madison Park says,"I absolutely love this restaurant - it is unpretentious, simple, warm, and delicious." By remaining on his home turf, Harris has turned the Sportsman into a world class restaurant.
The Sportsman

Named UK's best restaurant in the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards in 2016 and 2017 and Number 1 in the 2017 Square Meal UK Top 100 Restaurants outside London

For home cooks, Stephen Harris, the chef at the UK's #1 restaurant, The Sportsman, shares the age-old and modern techniques to perfect 50 British classics.

From all appearances, The Sportsman, in Whitstable, Kent, is a standard English seaside pub. Following years of hard work, Stephen Harris has transformed this bucolic locale into an internationally acclaimed restaurant serving innovative regional cuisine that has earned it the top spot in Britain - and a cult following around the world. The simple, stylish recipes in Harris's debut cookbook epitomize all that's great about British cooking, and showcase his pared-back style, while his personal writings and memorabilia provide rare insight into an extraordinary life.