Today we meet Thomas Tsappis, the chef and host of Elia London Supper Club. If after reading this article, you want to find out more about Elia’s weekly Supper Club, follow him on Instagram!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I was born and bred in London (although people often accuse me of being from Essex!) and grew up in around the city and whilst family meals were ever-present (I come from a very large, very loud Greek background) food was not something we ever gave a second thought. After leaving university I got a job in the city which opened my eyes to fine-dining - a level of restaurant that I didn't even know existed! When I was 23 I moved to Tokyo and that's where my foray into cooking really began. When I returned to London I trained for a year at Leiths School of Food and Wine, graduating with a distinction, and 2 out of 5 of the end of year prizes (out of a class of around 100). From there I spent some time in Michelin kitchens before setting up Elia London in August 2018.
What inspired you to cook?
I began to cook because I like to eat! When I was 23 I moved to Japan, and whilst the Japanese food was great I always missed the western food I grew up with. As it wasn't readily available (or at least easy to find) in Tokyo I often ended up having to make it myself! That was almost 8 years ago and I haven't stopped cooking since!
What makes your Supper Club special?
Well first of all (and don't quote me on it) but I’m pretty sure this is the only 12 course Greek tasting menu in the country! Plus you get to make new friends, drink your own wine and pay a snip of what you would in a restaurant!
What's the best meal you've ever had/eaten?
This is way too difficult to answer. I went to Osteria Francescana last year which was pretty special but it's impossible to compare a meal like that to say a Double Double Animal Style from In n Out, or some late night fried chicken, which, let's be honest are equally delicious. As for the best meal I've ever made that's for other people to decide!
Any advice for Supper Club guests?
Eat, drink and enjoy yourself!
We think the pictures and Thomas’ passion for food speak for themselves - this is clearly a Supper Club not to be missed!