ISAAC CAREW has enjoyed a successful career as a model and chef, with major international fashion campaigns under his belt, countless features in high profile fashion and culture titles, and some serious culinary training under one of the best chefs in the country.
Isaac's passion for food began at just eight years old, in the kitchens with his dad and Godfather as a Saturday worker, picking spinach and cleaning mussels. A little later, he spent as much time as he could in the food technology block at school. These early days planted the seed for Isaac, whose enthusiasm for food saw him complete his two-year culinary training course at THANET COLLEGE, which, in turn, led to his big break in 2007 when he began working for the Gordon Ramsay Group. He began cooking alongside one of the country’s leading chefs, Angela Hartnett MBE, at THE CONNAUGHT HOTEL in London and CIELO in Miami, where his love of homemade pasta started.
Carew was model scouted in central London in 2008, which quickly led to him becoming one of Britain’s most successful emerging models that year. His portfolio boasts a string of major campaigns for global fashion houses and high street stores such as, HERMÈS, MOSCHINO, VALENTINO, ZARA, LEE, REISS, REPLAY, SCOTCH & SODA and TOPMAN. He has also shot covers and editorial for the likes of Hunger, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Hommes, L’Officiel, Hommes, GQ, The Rake and ELLE Men. Modelling has taken Isaac all over the world, which further fuelled his passion for food, and his dedication to cooking drove him to start the very popular food website and YouTube channel,THE DIRTY DISHES in January 2016. Through the site, Isaac has been able to share his culinary skills and show a growing audience of people how to produce quick, easy and delicious meals. Harper’s Bazaar US has already spotted this excitied talent, read the piece here
His flair for food presenting has now led to an exciting new project; a Channel 4 primetime show - THE ULTIMATE SHOPPING LIST - which sees him as Michelin Starred chef, Michel Roux Jrs right hand man. The show will follow them as they strive to collate a definitive guide to the best food and drink products available in Britain. He has already begun filming and the series is due to air in early 2017.
Carew can also add brand director to his list of titles. Born out of a desire to give back to the charity ‘Dyslexia Action’ which helped him with his own dyslexia as a child, he created his own label MERCY & WILD. The brand, which he founded in collaboration with friend Ty Akingbola, offers unique graphic t-shirts, which have created a fusion of fashion and fundraising - 25 percent of each t-shirt sales goes to the charity.
With so many strings to his bow already, he is also currently working towards his debut cookbook.