Jono Hawthorne


Leeds, UK
Social Media:
Instagram: @chef_jono & Twitter: @feed_leeds

Photography: Matt McCormick, George Harrison and Jonathan Hawthorne.

We are happy
to host Chef Jono Hawthorne as our latest Chef of the Month. Moving from a successful stint on the pop-up scene with his XO Supper Club, to a permanent residence in the West suburbs of Leeds with Feed, Chef Jono brings a fresh, modern and relaxed approach to eating out. Joining the already successful partnership of Chef Luke Downing and Laura MacLeod (Vice & Virtue fame), Jono has a culinary background embedded in Michelin success beginning with The Box Tree in Ilkley, Noma in Denmark as well as the renowned Quay in Sydney, Australia – it’s experience most chefs could only dream of.

Chef Jono at work.
Pommes Mousseline with Nduja, beef fat and garlic.

Here Chef Jono gives us a little insight in to his likes and dislikes… some may surprise you!

1. Your restaurant/business

Feed, Leeds, UK.

2. Describe your kitchen

Feed is a kitchen with no creative boundaries. We’re an all-day restaurant and bar.

3. Favourite Chef Works item and why?

The Memphis Chef’s Apron – a robust apron that brings out my eyes. I love it!

4. First job?

Demi Chef de Partie at award-winning restaurant The Boxtree, Ilkley, UK.

5. Favourite cookbook?

White Heat by Marco Pierre White and To the Bone by Paul Liebrandt.

6. Your awards?

This year Feed is up for a number of great awards including Best Restaurant in Leeds, Best Fine Dining, Best Newcomer and Best Chef.

7. Your cooking inspiration?

Marco Pierre White, René Redzepi, Ainsley Harriott of ‘red tomato, green pepper’ TV fame.

8. Your speciality dish?

Cod with sauerkraut, Bonito and seaweed.

9. Favourite dish to eat?

I love a Doner kebab!

10. Weirdest thing you ever ate?

Crocodile garum (fermented fish sauce)…… rough!

11. Favourite ice cream flavour?

A Wall’s Viennetta.

12. Favourite drink?

Half a G & T (gin & tonic).

13. Favourite wine?

Krug Champagne.

14. Who would you most like to cook for?

The American rapper Action Bronson – completed. Chef Marco Pierre White – completed. And Celine Dion – yet to happen!

15. And who would you least like to cook for?

My girlfriend as she’s a better cook than me.

16. Favourite things to do when not cooking?

Mixed martial arts, origami and washing-up.

17. Your latest project?

Feed has only been open for three months, so that is still a big project in itself. Rumour has it there is another project coming soon… watch this space.

18. Favourite city and why?

Leeds, Leeds, Leeds! The people, the culture, the food scene – everything about Leeds right now is booming.

19. Your greatest indulgence?


20. And finally, your all-time best culinary tip?

Don’t wait for someone to give it to you, you have to go and earn it.

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