Tristan Welch is head chef at London restaurant Launceston Place (www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk).
He started his culinary career in London, where he trained for six months as a commis chef. After this, he moved to City Rhodes restaurant in 1998, briefly followed by a stint at Aubergine, where he worked as chef de partie. In mid 1999, Tristan joined Le Gavroche and he remained there for over a year and a half before joining L’Arpege in Paris in 2000, where he won the Award of Excellence from the Academy of Culinary Arts, which recognises exceptional talent and ambition in young chefs. Tristan then moved north to work at the five-star Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland, for two years. During this time, Tristan was awarded the prestigious Gordon Ramsay Scholarship Award in 2003.
Tristan’s first head chef position was at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Petrus in 2005, where he worked under the executive guidance of Marcus Wareing. Petrus was awarded the Best Restaurant Award in the Harden’s Guide 2008, which judged the restaurant on food, service and atmosphere. In March 2008, Tristan relaunched the Kensington restaurant, Launceston Place, where he has created a modern British menu.
Tristan represented London and the South East in BBC2’s Great British Menu in May 2009, and has made appearances on Market Kitchen (UKTV Food) and Saturday Kitchen (BBC1).