James Knappett is head chef and founder of Kitchen Table. Born in Soham, Cambridgeshire, James had an early interest in cooking. He attended a Cambridgeshire catering college and worked at a range of top local hotels and restaurants, before moving to London and landing formative positions at the likes of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Berkeley and The Ledbury, as well as stints at world-renowned restaurants further afield, including Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Noma in Copenhagen and Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York. He opened Kitchen Table and Bubbledogs with his wife Sandia Chang in 2012.
Kitchen Table was awarded a Michelin star in 2014, followed by a coveted second Michelin star in 2018. Since opening 8 years ago, the restaurant has been celebrated for offering a dining experience that encourages full interaction with the chefs and showcases remarkable acts of kitchen theatre.