With over 20 years’ experience working in London’s top restaurants such as Le Gavroche, The Restaurant Marco Pierre White and The Square, where he was trained in classic French cuisine by Marco Pierre White, Phillip Howard and The Roux brothers, the US-born, UK-raised chef Jun Tanaka has become a household name in the restaurant industry as well as a recognised face on television.
In 2004, Jun became the Executive Chef at Pearl Restaurant & Bar – the showpiece of the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel in Holborn – where he developed and refined a unique, modern take on traditional French cooking: a precise and sensitive approach that focused on showcasing and accentuating the very best seasonal ingredients. During his tenancy at Pearl, he was awarded three AA Rosettes. Jun’s first cookbook Simple to Sensational was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009.
Jun’s career in television dates back to 2006, when he presented his own series, Cooking It, on Channel 4. He has since been a regular on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, UKTV’s Market Kitchen and BBC2’s Something for the Weekend, and appeared on various other shows such asMasterchef, Michel Roux Jnr’s Food & Drink, and Food Network US’s Chopped, where he won the title of Chopped Champion in 2013.
In 2010, Jun launched an innovative street food business Street Kitchen with his friend and business partner Mark Jankel, which currently has four locations, including one bricks-and-mortar site in Broadgate Circle, London.
Finally, after two years of concept refinement and tirelessly searching for the perfect location, Jun opened his first ever solo venture The Ninth in November 2015. Located in London’s buzzy Fitzrovia, the casual neighbourhood style restaurant offers up French-Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates with a particular focus on seasonality and pickled, brined and cured dishes.