Thomas Carr was born and raised in North Devon, where he spent his early career.
In 2009 Thomas relocated to work with renowned Chef Nathan Outlaw in his Seafood and Grill Restaurant in Cornwall. Here Thomas quickly flourished, being promoted to Head Chef at the newly opened Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in 2010. Within a year, the restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars as well as numerous other accolades.
In 2013 Thomas returned to North Devon to work as Executive Chef at Michael Caines Coach House at Kentisbury Grange. Thomas built a full team from scratch and achieved 2 AA Rosettes within 6 months of opening, as well as full entry into the 2014 Trencherman’s Guide.
The following year Thomas opened his own restaurant - The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, which gave him the freedom to fully explore his huge talent, focusing on the fresh line caught fish from the nearby harbour. The restaurant quickly stood out and was recognised by Michelin in the 2016 guide with a coveted Michelin star. Thomas retained the Michelin star at The Olive Room every year up to and including 2020.
In 2020 the devastating consequences of the Covid pandemic closed The Olive Room. Instead of being disheartened, Thomas started a new venture only a few doors down, and in September 2020 Thomas Carr 1873 was launched. Only a few short weeks later, 1873 was awarded a Michelin Star in the 2021 guide. Thomas retained the Michelin star in the 2022 guide.