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Top chef London's off menu for family.

Chef Tom Kitchin has revealed he won't open a restaurant in London.

The 39-year-old, who became the youngest Scot to receive a Michelin star in 2007, says he is striving for excellence in his flagship restaurant north of the Border.

He also cherishes the time he has with his four young sons and would rather take them to school and watch them play football than spend his time travelling.

Later this month, Tom will open his first UK pop-up restaurant in Harrods after he was named the store's new chef of the season.

He says it is "a big thing" to be asked and the menu will give Londoners a taste of what he has to offer.

But he insists there is no prospect of opening a permanent restaurant in London as it would change his life too dramatically.

Tom has owned The Kitchin in Leith with his wife Michaela for 10 years and recently opened The Scran & Scallie in Edinburgh.

He said: "We're striving for excellence here. Trying to keep that consistency and the level of staffing and quality is very hard.

"Once you spread yourself too thin, I think you're going to start diluting the product.

"We're very ambitious but we're not looking to take over the world.

"Having a young family as well, I want to take my kids to school and watch them playing football.

"If I do a restaurant in London, I've got to be in London because otherwise I'll get slaughtered."

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Date:Nov 6, 2016
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