Yotam Ottolenghi (born 14 December 1968) is a British-based chef, cookery writer and restaurant owner.
Yotam Ottolenghi is a British-based cookery writer and chef-patron. Born in Jerusalem, the son of Michael – an Italian-born professor of chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – and Ruth – a German-born high-school principal - he grew up in Jerusalem's Ramat Denya neighbourhood. He has an older sister, Tirza Florentin – a businessperson who lives in Tel Aviv with her family – and a younger brother, Yiftach, who was killed by friendly fire during field exercises towards the end of his military service in the Israel Defence Forces. Yotam 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. They have a son, Max...
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