Tomás Gormley and Sam Yorke, the two chefs behind Edinburgh’s at-home fine dining pop-up Bad Seeds, are to open their first restaurant, called Heron, at 87-91 Henderson St The Shore in Leith in July.
As head chef at The Lookout by the Gardener’s Cottage Tomás was one of six UK chefs named ‘one to watch’ at The Staff Canteen Awards 2020. Originally from Ireland, he grew up in Leith and has spent six years working in restaurants, including two-star Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, 21212 and Le Roi Fou.
Sam trained under chef Dominic Jack at Castle Terrace in Edinburgh, rising from commis chef to become sous chef. Following its closure Sam stayed in the Tom Kitchin stable, moving to The Bonnie Badger as sous chef.
In January 2021, the pair launched Bad Seeds, a pop-up dining at home service.
Tomás and Sam will be charting the progress of the restaurant via social media @heron.scot.