His flagship restaurant 'Pollen Street Social' opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a coveted Michelin star within just six months of opening. It was awarded 4 AA Rosettes by the AA Guide, named The Good Food Guide's 'Best New Restaurant' and hailed the third best restaurant in the UK. Jason was awarded 'Chef Of The Year' by 'Caterer and Hotelkeeper', which for a chef, Jason has likened to winning an Oscar.
Four years on, Jason and The Social Company now have multiple restaurants worldwide, including the Michelin-starred Social Eating House, Little Social opposite Pollen Street Social, the acclaimed Berners Tavern - named 'the defining restaurant of the decade' - and City Social, which earned a Michelin star within six months of opening. His latest London opening was Social Wine & Tapas, a wine shop and tapas bar in Marylebone, which the Evening Standard called "Jason Atherton's best yet".
Alongside his London restaurants, Jason has taken the Asian dining scene by storm, opening 22 Ships, Ham & Sherry and Aberdeen Street Social in Hong Kong and The Commune Social and Table No.1 in Shanghai. In 2015, he launched his first stateside restaurant The Clocktower, an all-day dining space set within the New York EDITION Hotel; and Marina Social, a stunning waterside restaurant in Dubai.
Upcoming projects include Kensington Street Social within The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney; and Sosharu, a Japanese restaurant in Clerkenwell.
Jason is married to Irha Atherton who works alongside him as co-director at The Social Company. Irha also runs the head office in Soho, London. Jason and Irha have two daughters and the family live in South West London.
Passionate and talented, young Australian chef Aaron Gillespie joined the JIA Group as Executive Chef of 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry in May 2016. He started his culinary journey at the age of 16, gaining vast experience in fine dining restaurants in South Australia and Dubai.
Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, Aaron was Senior Sous Chef of the renowned Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsey in Dubai, and Chef de Cuisine at La Brasserie at the Atlantis the Palm Hotel in Dubai before that.
Aaron has been hand-picked by Jason Atherton to helm two of his Hong Kong eateries because of his acclaimed, fun, creative and stylish approach to food which make the restaurants he has worked at the hottest places to dine in town.
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