Fergus Henderson MBE


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

Life Line

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

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’.