Ed Baines is the chef and owner of Anglo‐French brasserie Randall & Aubin, which has been an institution in London’s Soho for 20 years. His sumptuous menu of British seafood and meat dishes arrivedin fashionable and vibrant Spinningfields with the opening of Randall & Aubin Manchester in May 2017.
The tall, dark and handsome restaurateur is regularly on TV and is best known for his role as a judge on ITV's hugely successful Britain’s Best Dish,with six series between 2007 and 2011, reaching viewing figures in excess of 3 million.
Ed was spotted for a media career in 1998. He is a prolific and natural television chef with a raft of appearances and three of his own titled seriesincluding Lunch with Ed Bainesand ITV’s Ed Baines Entertains.Edhas also appeared on Channel 5 News, The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV),What’s Cooking? (Channel 4), Country House Sunday(ITV), Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is (BBC1), and Country Show Cook Off (BBC2) as well as being a regular chef on Lorrainefor ITV. Healso appeared on Taste the Nation and co-presented BBC Great Food Live. Most recently he was a judge on the ‘Chefs Table’ for the Celebrity MasterCheffinal 2016 watched by 5million viewers.
He has written twobooks, Entertain,and Best of British,published by Kyle Cathie.
Ed’s passion for food stems from childhood trips to the Mediterranean,and sampling the broad range of fresh produce in London where he was raised. The early part of Ed’s career was spent looking for the toughest challenges and best training, taking him from a two year apprenticeship with Anton Mosimannat The DorchesterPark Lane, to working on the Wind Spirit in Monaco and at hotels in Juan-les-Pins and Queensland, then to Bibendumand the River Caféin London, then becoming the official Armani chef in London and Milan.
After this rigorous experience he was in good shape to meet the challenge of setting up and running the kitchen at Daphne'sin Kensington where he used the continental philosophy of only the best seasonal ingredients and a delicate approach to all things food. With Ed’s passionate leadership and a dedicated team, Daphne’sbecame London’s most successful restaurant throughout the 90's.
In 1996, along with his business partner, Edopened Randall & Aubin Soho. The restaurant remains a huge success and they have since opened Randall and Aubin Manchester.
Edis an excellent speaker on food topics and business issues within the cateringand service industries and is known for his work with brands such as Candereland Philadelphia. In 2015 he created ‘Purple Sauce’ for Premier Inn’s breakfast offering which was launched across the hotel chain’s restaurants.
With an international reputation, Edappears at food events worldwide, including Taste of Abu Dhabi2016, Delicious Festivalin South Africa, events in UAE, Singapore, Mauritius, and at Barbados Food Wine and Rum Festival, and on board SAGA’s Sapphirecruise ship.