07 | Refining Taste
Tom Kitchin
Chef
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Watch “Refining Taste” featuring Tom Kitchin and the Lexus RX, made in partnership between Lexus and GQ.

“I need a car that’s going to be able to handle the terrains that I’m going to experience on my travels. The RX is perfect because it gives me that real sense of safety”

Tom Kitchin won a Michelin star just a month after opening his restaurant “The Kitchin” in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith in 2006, making him the youngest Scot ever to win the plaudit. Kitchin serves up his modern vision of Scottish food. This locally-sourced and foraged menu, instilled with what he calls a real sense of place.

“The produce is the king.” This is the enduring ethos of him. Treating his Scottish homeland like his larder, the 42-year-old has a reputation for ingredients-focused, seasonal food that's defined by its honesty and naturally harmonious flavors.

BEING A CHEF ISN’T A JOB. IT’S A COMPLETE WAY OF LIFE; IT’S PASSION AND OBSESSION.

TOM KITCHIN
Chef

He describes his time as a 21-year-old Scotsman in Paris, who didn't speak a word of French, as a fight for survival; even now, comparing the life of a top cook to that of an athlete.

The Lexus RX seamlessly integrates into the intensity of this lifestyle, enabling Kitchin to follow his passion wherever it takes him.

“We’re so proud of the landscape,” he says, surveying the beauty of the Highlands. “Every time I’m out in the countryside I’m finding something new, and it’s sparking ideas for dishes. It’s part of my journey to be out there and explore.” Kitchin travels through this natural scene, first on foot to forage for the wild berries that will accompany his freshly hunted grouse, then at the wheel of the Lexus RX. Driving around the Highlands to meet his specialist suppliers–be it a gamekeeper or a fly fisherman–it’s clear that Kitchin has a taste for the RX. “It's made for Scotland,” he says. “The rolling mountains, the tight lanes, the coastal routes–it navigates them seamlessly.” Man, and machine, a living reminder of the joys of living at one with the land.

“I need a car that’s going to be able to handle the terrains that I’m going to experience on my travels. The RX is perfect because it gives me that real sense of safety”

Tom Kitchin won a Michelin star just a month after opening his restaurant “The Kitchin” in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith in 2006, making him the youngest Scot ever to win the plaudit. Kitchin serves up his modern vision of Scottish food. This locally-sourced and foraged menu, instilled with what he calls a real sense of place.

“The produce is the king.” This is the enduring ethos of him. Treating his Scottish homeland like his larder, the 42-year-old has a reputation for ingredients-focused, seasonal food that's defined by its honesty and naturally harmonious flavors.

BEING A CHEF ISN’T A JOB. IT’S A COMPLETE WAY OF LIFE; IT’S PASSION AND OBSESSION.

TOM KITCHIN
Chef

He describes his time as a 21-year-old Scotsman in Paris, who didn't speak a word of French, as a fight for survival; even now, comparing the life of a top cook to that of an athlete.

The Lexus RX seamlessly integrates into the intensity of this lifestyle, enabling Kitchin to follow his passion whatever it takes him.

“We’re so proud of the landscape,” he says, surveying the beauty of the Highlands. “Every time I’m out in the countryside I’m finding something new, and it’s sparking ideas for dishes. It’s part of my journey to be out there and explore.” Kitchin travels through this natural scene, first on foot to forage for the wild berries that will accompany his freshly hunted grouse, then at the wheel of the Lexus RX. Driving around the Highlands to meet his specialist suppliers–be it a gamekeeper or a fly fisherman–it’s clear that Kitchin has a taste for the RX. “It's made for Scotland,” he says. “The rolling mountains, the tight lanes, the coastal routes–it navigates them seamlessly.” Man, and machine, a living reminder of the joys of living at one with the land.

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