Fergus Henderson OBE | Connor Broadley
  • Fergus Henderson OBE


    ‘Connor Broadley are good eggs…gull’s eggs.’

  • 1963

    Born in Chelsea, the son of two food-loving architects

  • 1981

    A year out in Mumbai, working for acclaimed architect Balkrishna Doshi

  • 1982

    Studies in architecture at the Architecture Association in London

  • 1987

    Quits architecture for kitchens

  • 1991

    Meets Margot whilst cooking together, and they marry. Three children follow

  • 1992

    Fergus and Margot open The French House Dining Room in Soho above the French House pub

  • 1994

    Fergus meets Trevor Gulliver. Together with Jon Spiteri, they open St. JOHN, specialising in ‘nose to tail eating’

  • 1998

    Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, whilst still in his 30s

  • 1999

    Nose to Tail Eating — A Kind of British Cooking published, winning the Andre Simon award for food writing

  • 2005

    Awarded MBE for services to gastronomy

  • 2007

    Beyond Nose to Tail Eating, co-written with Justin Piers Gellatly

  • 2009

    St. JOHN in Smithfield awarded a Michelin star

  • 2012

    The Complete Nose to Tail — A Kind of British Cooking published

  • 2019

    The Book of St. JOHN — published in the year St. JOHN celebrates its 25th anniversary

  • 2021

    Awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to the culinary arts

  • Today, Fergus continues to enjoy the three things in life he likes most: Burgundy, the Hebrides with family, and the movie Casablanca… ‘in that order’. He says ‘I would like to leave my own marker. If my customers leave full and happy, I’m happy — a sense of victory’.

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