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Small Talk

Small Talk

BigHospitality catches up with chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and publicans for a chat about their latest projects, their career so far, and their passion for hospitality

"We did a recce in New York" - Neil Rankin on the future of Temper

19-Jul-2017 - Chef Neil Rankin opens his second Temper restaurant in The City’s Angel Court development on 24 July. 


Ikoyi founders: "We want to change perceptions of west African cuisine"

14-Jul-2017 - School friends Ire Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan open a permanent home for their Jollof cuisine restaurant concept Ikoyi in London’s St James’ Market later this month.

Meet the chef who genuinely wants customer feedback

07-Jul-2017 - Many people will be familiar with the following situation: after a long lunch or dinner in a restaurant, where you have been served a procession of small dishes, the chef...

Danny Gill: "Schools aren't doing enough to get kids excited about restaurants"

05-Jul-2017 - Chef Danny Gill is running a pop-up restaurant in a school this week (7 July) to try and get teenagers interested in working in the restaurant industry. Gill, who was...

David Biffani on bringing Copenhagen's Mother pizza to Battersea Power Station

23-Jun-2017 - Cult Copenhagen pizza restaurant Mother is launching its first international outpost at the Battersea Power Station development next month. We spoke to co-owner David Biffani about his plans.


Jason Atherton: "Any chef that says they feel confident over the next five years is a liar"

16-Jun-2017 - Chef Jason Atherton heads up the 17-strong Social Company restaurant group with his wife and business partner Irha. He spoke at Restaurant magazine’s Restaurant Congress about empowering staff, Brexit, and...

Massimo Bottura on bringing his food waste fight to London

06-Jun-2017 - Massimo Bottura is chef patron of Osteria Francescana, the three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy, which topped the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and came second...

Angel Zapata Martin on taking the reins at Barrafina

02-Jun-2017 - Angel Zapata Martin has cooked at Barcelona’s three-Michelin-starred Can Fabes, the Hofmann School of Hospitality, and Ossiano in Dubai. He has taken over as executive chef at Barrafina, the Hart...


Ruling the roost: Marcus Samuelsson on his forthcoming restaurant Red Rooster

12-May-2017 - The Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised chef is bringing his famed Harlem restaurant Red Rooster to London later this month at the soon-to-open The Curtain hotel in Shoreditch


Zoilo chef Diego Jacquet on swapping the back office for the stove

12-Apr-2017 - The Argentine chef opened Zoilo in London in 2012 and is heading back to the stove to take a more hands-on role in the restaurant.

Mark and Shauna Froydenlund on taking the reins at Marcus at The Berkeley

07-Apr-2017 - The husband and wife team have become joint chef-patrons and partners at Marcus Wareing’s eponymous restaurant at The Berkeley Hotel.

Monica Galetti on Mere, learning from Michel Roux Jr, and working with her husband

24-Mar-2017 - The MasterChef judge and former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has just opened her debut restaurant Mere, in London’s Fitzrovia , with husband David


Steve Drake on why Sorrel will be his most ambitious restaurant yet

03-Mar-2017 - Chef Steve Drake left Drake’s, in Ripley, Surrey, in 2016 after 12 years at the helm. Now he’s back with the launch of his highly ambitious fine-dining restaurant Sorrel, in...


French revolution: Adam Reid on taking over the Manchester restaurant

24-Feb-2017 - Chef Adam Reid has taken control of The French at Manchester’s Midland Hotel following the premature departure of Simon Rogan last year. The restaurant re-opened this month after a refurbishment....

Jason Atherton on why Hai Cenato is a return to his pizza-making days

17-Feb-2017 - Jason Atherton, along with chef Paul Hood, have just opened Italian/New York restaurant Hai Cenato in the new Nova development in London’s Victoria

Lorne's Katie Exton on opening her first London restaurant

13-Feb-2017 - Sommelier Katie Exton is opening Lorne in Victoria with her former colleague from The Square, chef Peter Hall.

Duck Duck Goose’s Oli Brown on running a Cantonese restaurant in a shipping container

09-Feb-2017 - We can’t help noticing you’re not Chinese...Nope. I got a bit obsessed with the Cantonese roast meats restaurants in Queensway when I was working with...


Anne-Sophie Pic on opening her first London restaurant

03-Feb-2017 - The three-Michelin-starred chef has opened her debut UK restaurant, Le Dame de Pic at the new Four Seasons Hotel in the City of London.


David Taylor on 30 years of Balans Soho Society

27-Jan-2017 - Late-night restaurant and celebrity favourite Balans Soho Society celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Co-founder David Taylor spoke to BigHospitality about updating the now six-strong brand and the changing world...


Matin Miah on the rise of Jamaican food, expansion and that Caribbean vibe

20-Jan-2017 - As co-founder of “real jerk” Dalston restaurant Rudie’s, Matin Miah knows a thing or two about the rise of Jamaican food. As the brand looks to expand its bar and...


Chef James Durrant on his new restaurant The Game Bird

06-Jan-2017 - The former Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton protégé is overseeing the overhaul of grand St James’s hotel The Stafford London as executive chef, and will re-launch its main restaurant as...

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean on winning 2016

23-Dec-2016 - The MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary Maclean, was crowned victorious last night. We spoke to the Glasgow-based chef-lecturer (and husband, and father-of-six) the morning after to talk winning, culinary...


Jonathan Stapleton on turning The Royal Crescent in to a five AA red star hotel

16-Dec-2016 - The historic Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath was awarded five AA red stars in September just four years after it was bought by Topland Group. General manager Jonathan...

Inamo's Noel Hunwick on how restaurant technology is evolving

02-Dec-2016 - Technology-driven restaurant Inamo is opening its third London site in Camden this week. BigHospitality caught up with co-founder Noel Hunwick to to talk about the group's expansion plans and how...


DECK Social's Deborah Efemini on providing community-led hospitality

25-Nov-2016 - Deborah Efemini turns disused spaces into community-led hospitality hubs through her work with DECK Social. She talks about her latest venture Parkside Social in Lewisham and why pop-up social projects...