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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


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...


Holly Eggleton on working with family and making front-of-house fun

18-Nov-2016 - Holly Eggleton runs the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna with her brother Josh Eggleton where she is responsible for front and back-of-house operations. She is also involved with the...


Rudding Park’s Peter Banks on thriving in today’s tough times

10-Nov-2016 - Peter Banks is managing director at independent hotel Rudding Park, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. He talks Brexit, the independent regional market, F&B, Airbnb, Millennials, and changing times


Mexican chef Martha Ortiz on her new London restaurant

03-Nov-2016 - The chef-patron at Dulce Patria in Mexico City – ranked number 48 on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list – will open her as yet unnamed restaurant at InterContinental...


Ashdown Park Hotel GM Ben Booker on maintaining successful independence in hotels

28-Oct-2016 - As Ben Booker approaches his 10th year as general manager at Elite Hotels Group's Ashdown Park Hotel in East Sussex, he shares his tips on running a successful independent hotel

Perilla's founders on opening their first permanent restaurant

21-Oct-2016 - Following a series of sell-out London residencies, chef Ben Marks (ex-Noma and The Square) and front-of-house Matt Emmerson (Polpo) are opening their first permanent restaurant Perilla in Newington Green next...

Chef Luke Tipping on the revamped Simpsons

07-Oct-2016 - Birmingham stalwart Simpsons last month hosted its inaugural Eureka evening, which sees its chef director Luke Tipping encourage his whole team to develop new dishes to be served at a special Monday...


Dave White of Dead Parrot bar on competition and bartending success

30-Sep-2016 - Dave White, manager of the Dead Parrot bar in Horsham, West Sussex, beat over 120 contestants to win the Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender competition in July for the second year...


Social Pantry founder Alex Head on growing an ethical food business

16-Sep-2016 - Alex Head formed London-based catering company Social Pantry six years ago. The business has expanded considerably since, adding Social Pantry Café in 2013 and a host of new clients, but...