Jason Atherton started out working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Holdings in 2001 and launching ‘Maze’, first in London and then another five globally.
His flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’ opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a Michelin star within just six months of opening, alongside 5 AA Rosettes and no.4 in The Good Food Guide’s best UK restaurants.
Since then, Jason’s The Social Company has grown into a global restaurant group, including Michelin-starred Social Eating House, Little Social, Berners Tavern – named ‘the defining restaurant of the decade’, Michelin-starred City Social and Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone. Alongside his London restaurants, Jason has opened critically acclaimed restaurants in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and Dubai. Projects in 2016 have included Kensington Street Social within The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney, Sosharu, a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant and bar in Clerkenwell; The Pig & Palm, a tapas restaurant in Cebu, The Philippines and Temple and Sons in the City of London. Most recently, he opened Hai Cenato, a NYC-Italian restaurant in Victoria. Jason was recently awarded Best Restaurateur in the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2016.
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.