Tom Lywood was born in Hampshire, UK, in 1962. He studied agriculture followed by a one year cooking course. He then produced home made cooking stock and sold it to major outlets before setting up a spit roasting company.
On the sale of the company he established Private Chef Ltd, specialising in the hire and construction of temporary commercial kitchens for major events. He sold the company 16 years ago, hoping to take a break to draw. But a botched operation on his knee left his left arm partially paralysed. Having taught himself to draw using his left hand he also began to hunt for truffles and writing poems which marry themes about hares, truffles and the Little Folk.