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Career Profile

Career Profile

Find out how some of the most accomplished people in the industry got to where they are now with our series of career-focused interviews.

Andy Townsend: Career Profile

13-Jan-2014 - 'Serial hotelier' Andy Townsend is chief executive of Legacy Hotels and Resorts, the hotel management company he set up in 2005 following a stint as a divisional director at Macdonald...

Sian McNicholas: Career Profile

13-Dec-2013 - Leisure Management graduate and publican's daughter Sian McNicholas worked in events before taking up the role of marketing development manager at London-based pub company Young's. Following the company's purchase of...

Daniel Pearse: Career Profile

29-Nov-2013 - Daniel Pearse, 28, has been head pastry chef for Hakkasan London for more than two years after stints at The Mandarin Oriental and The Langham. The pastry chef believes that...

Petra Wetzel: Career Profile

15-Nov-2013 - German-born Petra Wetzel gave up a career in law six years ago to save the restaurant, bar and brewery in Glasgow she'd bought for her ex-husband to run. A self-confessed...

Carl Clarke: Career Profile

04-Nov-2013 - Pop-up restaurant veteran Carl Clarke fell into a career in hospitality at the age of 15, working as a chef in hotels and the military before ditching it all to...

Chris Underwood: Career Profile

18-Oct-2013 - Pastry chefs are few and far between in UK restaurants, but Chris Underwood has been in the pastry department for all of his working life. Gaining experience with an array...

Sue Hough: Career Profile

04-Oct-2013 - How I got to where I am now: I started in hospitality when I was 16, training as a silver service waitress. I went to college...

Gerry Calabrese: Career Profile

20-Sep-2013 - Gerry Calabrese may be the son of world-famous bartender Salvatore Calabrese, but he has firmly made his own mark on London's bar and club scene, opening The Hoxton Pony in...

Jonny Boud: Career Profile

06-Sep-2013 - By his own admission, Jonny Boud prefers to be the organiser of an event than to attend one as a guest. This ethos is reflected in his hospitality businesses, with...

Wayne Androliakos: Career Profile

26-Aug-2013 - South African-born Wayne Androliakos is general manager at Staybridge Suites, London Stratford, the extended-stay hotel he opened just a month before the start of the London Olympics. The hotelier has...

Craig Sandle: Career Profile

09-Aug-2013 - Craig Sandle is proof that dedication and commitment pays off in hospitality. The 37-year-old Edinburgh-born chef has worked in restaurants for over 20 years, spending nine of those heading up...

Luca Mathiszig-Lee: Career Profile

26-Jul-2013 - With recent stats showing that almost half of young people in the UK would not consider a job hospitality, Luca Mathiszig-Lee is a prime example of the opportunities that a career...

Murray and Hazel Ward: Career Profile

21-Jun-2013 - Husband and wife Murray and Hazel Ward have been involved in the hospitality industry for all of their working lives. The young Scottish couple, who met at Edinburgh’s Tigerlily hotel,...

Joseph Kirtley: Career Profile

07-Jun-2013 - American-born Joseph Kirtley started out as a bellboy at Miami Beach's Delano Hotel before climbing the ladder at Morgans Hotel Group to eventually become hotel manager. He opened Belgraves, A...

Mike Jennings: Career Profile

24-May-2013 - Mike Jennings worked for Shaun Rankin, Nigel Howarth and Gary Rhodes before moving back to Lancashire to take up the role of head chef at Worsley-based restaurant Grenache. The chef...

David Connell: Career Profile

10-May-2013 - David Connell is a prime example of good old-fashioned hard work paying off. Having worked at various restaurants and hotels in the UK and France, he joined luxury hotel group Exclusive...

Oisin Rogers: Career Profile

26-Apr-2013 - As general manager of two Young's-owned pubs, the Ship in Wandsworth and the Thatched House in Hammersmith, Oisin Rogers is well placed to explain how to develop a career in...

James Ferguson: Career Profile

11-Apr-2013 - James Ferguson, head chef at the newly-opened Shoreditch restaurant Beagle, talks about how he made his way up the career ladder and why you won't see him chasing Michelin stars.

Chris Wheeler: Career Profile

02-Apr-2013 - Chris Wheeler began his career as Jean-Christophe Novelli’s right-hand man at Le Provence in Lymington and went on to work for the French celebrity chef for 10 years. He joined...

Scott Hunter & Maria Larsen: Career Profile

15-Mar-2013 - This young husband and wife are a pub success story, with a knack of reinvigorating dilapidated London boozers into profitable gastropubs. The pair took over the Princess of Shoreditch in...

Alyn Williams: Career Profile

01-Mar-2013 - A Michelin star, 15th in the National Restaurant Awards and the National Chef of the Year title – 2012 was a remarkable year for Alyn Williams. In this exclusive interview,...

Frederic Brugues: Career Profile

15-Feb-2013 - Frenchman Frederic Brugues started his career as commis sommelier for Marco Pierre White in 1996. As wine director for London restaurant Sketch he has steadily built up the wine cellar to...

Rebecca Mascarenhas: Career Profile

01-Feb-2013 - Rebecca Mascarenhas is best known as a restaurateur who, behind the scenes, has been an instrumental partner in some of London's leading neighbourhood restaurants - Sonny's Kitchen, Kitchen W8 and Sam's...

Russell Brown: Career Profile

18-Jan-2013 - Russell Brown is chef-owner of Sienna, Dorset's only Michelin-starred restaurant. He was recently made head of the Dorset Panel of the South West-based Chef's Forum and later this year will...

Paul Ainsworth: Career Profile

03-Jan-2013 - Paul Ainsworth recently picked up his first Michelin star at Number 6 in Padstow. Having worked under the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Marcus Wareing, the chef has...