Meet Farang's Sebby: food writer, accidental chef, and rising TV star

At the tender age of 27 Sebby Holmes is already a published author and restaurateur with a promising career as a TV chef ahead of him.

The down-to-earth chef, who shares an agent with Jamie Oliver, launched Farang Thai restaurant in Highbury recently with help from a £4,000 loan from his granddad and he hasn’t looked back.

It’s one of over a hundred independent businesses to join the Local Buyers Club, offering discounts to members (info here).

Sebby’s food career began at the age of 13 when he worked in various hotel and restaurant kitchens near his Oxfordshire home. He went on to study journalism at university before heading off on a world-trip to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

He said: “I’ve always liked writing and cooking, my main plan was to be a food writer – I’m an accidental chef!