Top chef Robert Thompson wanted to be a cook from the tender age of 10, and was washing up dishes in his brother’s restaurant aged 13. Just a decade later, in 2006, he won his first Michelin star at Winteringham Fields restaurant in Lincolnshire, the youngest British chef ever to receive this supreme foodie accolade. He was tipped for stardom by influential restaurant critic Jay Rayner and didn’t disappoint, winning a second Michelin Star at The Hambrough hotel in Ventnor in 2008, where he had gone to be head chef.

Since those heady days, Robert has made the Isle of Wight his home. ‘I love the sea and now couldn’t imagine not being near it and living here. I find it relaxing and also

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