Ed Baines is the chef and owner of Randall & Aubin restaurant, champagne and oyster bar in London’s Soho. 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 2 million. His other television programmes include: Lunch with Ed Baines and ITV’s Ed Baines Entertains. As well as a regular chef on Lorraine for ITV; Ed also appeared on Taste the Nation and co presented BBC Great Food Live including a series of short features in Scotland, Arizona, and Dorset.
In 2013 Ed appeared on What’s Cooking? for Sainsbury’s on Channel 4, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Country House Sunday (ITV1), Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is (BBC1), and Country Show Cook Off, a primetime series for BBC 2.
Ed’s first two books, Entertain, and Best of British were published by Kyle Cathie, and he is currently working on a third book.
Ed credits his mother’s interest in cooking as one of his biggest influences and his 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 Mosimann at The Dorchester Park Lane, to working on the Wind Spirit in Monaco and at hotels in Juan-les-Pins and Queensland, then to Bibendum and the River Café in London, then to Milan working for Giorgio Armani. After this rigorous experience he was in good shape to meet the challenge of setting up and running the kitchen at Daphne’s in 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’s became London’s most successful restaurant throughout the 90’s.
In 1996, along with his business partner, Ed opened Randall & Aubin Soho. The restaurant remains a huge success and they have since launched a global expansion programme.
Ed is an excellent speaker on food topics and business issues within the catering and service industries and is known for his work with brands such as Canderel and Philadelphia.
With an international reputation, Ed is often in demand for food events worldwide, most recently he appeared at Jones the Grocer UAE, Delicious Festival South Africa, and in 2014 will be making trips to Singapore and Mauritius.
When not working with food Ed loves to travel and is passionate about trains, cars and motorbikes.