Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli cookery writer and chef-patron. Born in Jerusalem, he grew up in Jerusalem's Ramat Denya neighbourhood. Ottolenghi avoided assignment to a fighting unit with the IDF, attending the Army-intelligence headquarters instead. He studied at Tel Aviv University before completing a master's degree in comparative literature. At this time he also worked on the news desk of Haaretz, one of Israel’s largest daily papers. In 1997 he moved to the UK planning to start a PhD, but before he enrolled he signed up to train at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in London for six months where he has lived ever since. He got a job as head pastry chef at the London boutique bakery Baker & Spice and this is where he met Sami Tamimi and Dan Lepard. He received his British citizenship in 2012. He lives in West London with his partner, Karl Allen, whom he married in September 2011, in Massachusetts. [+]