*For festive recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi see his Vegetarian Christmas Menu.*
Yotam Ottolenghi completed a Masters degree in philosophy and literature whilst working on the news desk of an Israeli daily, before coming to London in 1997. He started his career in food as an assistant pastry chef at the Capital and then worked at Kensington Place, Launceston Place, Maison Blanc and Baker and Spice, before starting his own eponymous group of restaurants/food shops, in conjunction with his friend and business partner, Sami Tamimi. Ottolenghi now has branches in Notting Hill, Islington, Belgravia and Kensington. He opened the restaurant NOPI in Piccadilly in 2011. He is now the co-author, with Sami Tamimi, of two best-selling cookery books – Plenty and Jerusalem.