It’s clear that Man and Boys is a brilliant concept, and being very well applied to help turn around the lives of boys. I hope it thrives and spreads worldwide. I am proud to be the patron of Man&Boy.
Adam Byatt recently agreed to become our patron in Autumn 2016 and is actively supporting our programme this year.
Born in Essex, in Rainham into a working class family, Adam was exposed to the world of cooking from an early age as his grandfather was a cook in the army. From his mother, also a professionally trained chef, he experienced good home cooking, whilst he quickly learned from his window cleaner father the art of hard graft and integral work ethics. On the eve of his 16th Birthday, Adam was introduced to the Savoy Education Trust who in turn offered him a placement as an apprentice chef at Claridge’s Hotel. After 3 months, Adam started college at Bournemouth via an opportunity with the Academy of Culinary Arts and a scholarship with Claridge’s. Over the next 4 ½ years he spent time between Claridge’s and Bournemouth improving his skills and qualifying as a professional chef. He then moved with the head chef John Williams from Claridge’s to the Berkley Hotel before joining Philip Howard at the prestigious The Square restaurant in Mayfair during which time, The Square was awarded their second Michelin star and Adam was appointed Sous Chef. In 2001, Adam opened his first restaurant – Thyme in Clapham. Thyme was an instant success winning countless awards including ‘ Time Out Restaurant of the Year 2003’ , ‘ Best Newcomer Tatler Restaurant Awards 2003’ , ‘ Winner Remy Restaurant Awards 2004’ winner Carlton London restaurant of the year in conjunction with the evening standard.
In 2005 he launched the now Michelin starred restaurant, Trinity and in 2012, Adam opened a sister restaurant to Trinity in Clapham: Bistro Union. In 2017, Adam was awarded Imbibe’s Restaurant Personality of The Year 2017 for his commitment to passing on culinary knowledge to future generations and helping to create Michelin Star winners of the future. Adam has taken part in numerous TV and radio shows as a guest chef and presenter. He has written a number of books and counts MAN&BOY as one of a number of charities he generously supports.