Pershore Patty Meets Dorian Kirk, Creative Director at A Rule of Tum Group

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The Creative Director behind A Rule of Tum shares an insight into life in the kitchen and how the group's innovative 'Chefpreneur' model supports chefs to fulfil their dreams of opening their own restaurants. In this interview Dorian opens up about the admiration for his family and how their support has aided him on the journey to reaching his life-long dream of becoming a restauranteur.

Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business.

Founded from the desire to make and serve delicious food every day. A Rule of Tum began in 2013 as the passion project of a few Herefordians.

Focused on crafting honest dishes, inspired by local and seasonal ingredients, you’ll find our family of passionate people  working thoughtfully to create food experiences in Herefordshire and beyond.

What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?

Best Sunday Lunch for The Bookshop in the Observer. Best Japanese restaurant of the Year for Maneki Ramen

Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?

We have lots going on all the time. Coming up straight away is NYE party in The Yard in Hereford.

What makes your business unique?

Having a group of exciting different brands. We will grow with our Chefpreneur Model, where we help chefs fulfil their dreams and help open their own restaurants, thus giving AROT an exciting creative group restaurants lead by passionate chefs who have a say.

Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?

Maneki Ramen

Last thing you watched on TV?


Which person in your life do you most admire and why?

My business partner and brother & my wife for always supporting me 😀

What was the last gift you gave someone?

Cooking dinner for my family

What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?

My new born child

What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?

Sausage, Bacon & Egg & brown sauce

Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?

My wife, so I could spend time with her

What is the most annoying habit that other people have?

People Eating Loudly

If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Rib Eye Steak, Eggs & Avocado

What’s your claim to fame?

Getting shit done

Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?

Ambiente restaurant Group, Prague & JKS restaurant group, London

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

You are not your thoughts

If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?

No where, here right now is perfect

What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?

We relaunched Burger shop and it is epic. I got to spend another day with my beautiful children

Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.


As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

A restaurateur

What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?

Our Hot Honey at Leaven Pizza

What was the worst job you ever held and why?

Never had one, all have been a stepping stone to where I am today

Favourite band?

Currently favourite song is ‘adore you’ Fred again again again

What was the last thing you ate?

Banana pancakes from my kids breakfast

Favourite cut of steak?


What website do you visit most often?

Thinking into results

What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?

Love my kids

What do you hope never changes?

 Love it and thrive