Originally from the West Country, his early career started in country house hotels and restaurants in Gloucestershire. He moved to London in his early twenties, where he worked with well-known chefs such as Phillip Britton, Steven Bull and Gary Rhodes. Leaving London, he moved to Norwich where he was Head Chef at the one Michelin starred Adlards.
Tom and his wife, Beth, set up The Hand and Flowers in 2005 and they were awarded one star in the Michelin Guide in 2006. Since 2012, the pub has held two stars in the guide.
In 2013, Tom published his first book, Proper Pub Food, with a BBC television series. In 2014, Best Ever Dishes, was released with a second BBC series. Tom's third book, Tom's Table, was released in 2015. A fourth book, The Dopamine Diet is due out January 2017.