Jesse cooks food firmly based in Britain, although his experiences in cooking very international and contemporary food with superstar chefs in Chicago with Charlie Trotter, and in Sydney with Mark Best have also been strong influences.
Time also spent with British chefs Rowley Leigh, Mark Hix and Michael Caines gave him a key grounding in opening the National Dining Rooms at the National Gallery in 2006. Together with restaurateur Oliver Peyton, now a TV authority on a ‘Great British Menu’, they won the Best British restaurant from Time Out for the original and interesting food.
In April 2010 he relaunched the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill Gate, cooking colourful and delicious British seasonal food, later winning the Rising Star Award from the Tatler Restaurant Awards 2011. In 2013 The Mall Tavern was voted 24th best Gastro Pub in Great Britain from the trade magazine The Morning Advertiser.
In May 2013 Jesse independently opened PARLOUR in NW10, Kensal Green, an all day bar and dining room, the next stage in an exciting career.
Away from the restaurants and pubs, TV appearances include the BBC’s ‘Masterchef’, ‘Market Kitchen’ and ‘The Truth About Food’, and a contributor to various cookbooks and magazines, including the new FORAGER handbook by Miles Irving.