A butcher’s daughter, Marianne Lumb was born in Melton Mowbray, England.

At 21 years of age, she decided to follow her passion for cooking and commenced classic training as a chef at Michelin-starred Gravetye Manor.   After three years of training, Marianne became a private chef and travelled the world.  For over a decade Marianne lived in the UK, USA & Australia and was appointed private chef to the Bamford, Soros and Sainsbury families. 


Experienced in the media, Marianne is a regular on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen Live and was a finalist on BBC’s Professional MasterChef in 2008. In August 2018, Marianne will be a contestant on BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’   A knife skills expert, Marianne published her first book ‘Kitchen Knife Skills’ with Quarto (2008).


In 2013, Marianne opened (having built from scratch) Restaurant Marianne in London’s Notting Hill to critical acclaim. Within one month of opening, she was awarded AMEX London Restaurant Festival ‘Chef of the Year’ and in 2017, won London’s ‘Top Gastronomic Experience’ by Harden’s guide. In her small 14-seat restaurant, the tasting menu focused on clever dishes where fresh produce and deliciousness were paramount.    Marianne spent five years at the helm of her eponymous restaurant.   


Marianne is known for her passion for truffles and featured as a headline chef at Western Australia’s ‘Truffle Kerfuffle’ festival in 2018. She also loves to create beautiful soufflés, her current favourite is a malted gingerbread soufflé with clementine ice cream and butterscotch. 

Marianne currently lives in Leicestershire, where she grew up.   In her spare time when she’s not cooking or travelling,  she loves to walk and cycle.