James Cochran

Table Sessions
14:00 - 14:30
James Cochran

With parents from St. Vincent in the Caribbean and Glasgow, Scotland, James grew up by the sea in Whitstable, Kent – a mixed-heritage reflected in the innovative and exciting dishes at 12:51.

After getting his first job at Wheeler’s Oyster Bar in his hometown, James’ talent took him to the world-renowned, two-Michelin-starred, The Ledbury – where he honed his skills under mentor Brett Graham – before he went on to run the kitchen at Michelin-starred gastropub The Harwood Arms. James opened signature restaurant 12:51 in Islington, north London in 2018 – the same year he won the BBC’s Great British Menu – a feat he repeated in 2020.

A winner of the prestigious Eater London Chef of The Year, James also runs Around the Cluck offering a gourmet twist on the classic fried chicken takeaway.

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