British food needs a PR intervention. It seems like all we really hear about is Gordon Ramsay running amok calling people c**ts and stealing their trademarks, or Jamie Oliver crusading against chocolate milk. Meanwhile, perceptions of food from the United Kingdom remain anachronistic, rooted in stereotypes about bland, unseasoned meats and piles of grease-laden fish and chips.
In reality, British cooking is as exciting as ever right now, with some top guns reaching the peak of their talents, and ambitious upstarts entering the fray to shake things up with new approaches to traditional cuisine.
There’s a huge list of noteworthy British chefs working on both sides of the pond at the moment. But to get you started, here are five essential names we think you should commit to memory.