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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


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...


Kurt Zdesar on London’s hottest restaurant trends and new concept Fucina

09-Sep-2016 - Restaurateur Kurt Zdesar, who previously helped to found dim sum group Ping Pong, has made his name with trend-setting London sites such as Chotto Matte, Black Roe, and the now-closed...

Aquavit chefs Emma Bengtsson and Henrik Ritzen on opening in London

02-Sep-2016 - The executive chef of Aquavit in New York and only the second female chef in the US to win two Michelin stars is bringing the Scandinavian restaurant to the capital, with the...


VQ founder Simon Prideaux on growing a 24-hour restaurant brand

26-Aug-2016 - Late-night restaurant group VQ opened its third site in Notting Hill this month ahead of its 21st birthday in October. 


Amaris Hospitality CEO John Brennan on business, brands and Brexit

19-Aug-2016 - Twelve months on from Lone Star's creation of UK hotel group Amaris Hospitality, CEO John Brennan talks about the company's first year, the pros and cons of working with more...


Tom Kerridge on staff shortages, workplace morale, and culinary legend Alain Ducasse

12-Aug-2016 - The two-Michelin starred chef-owner of Marlow pubs The Hand and Flowers and The Coach talks hospitality’s staff shortage, raising workplace morale, and collaborating with French culinary legend Alain Ducasse


Portland's chefs on opening their second restaurant Clipstone

05-Aug-2016 - Merlin Labron-Johnson and Stuart Andrew, the chefs at Michelin-starred Portland in Fitzrovia, on launching their second, more casual restaurant in Marylebone, and taking inspiration from New York and Ghent....


Happiness Forgets founder Alastair Burgess on opening his first restaurant

29-Jul-2016 - Alastair Burgess, founder of bars Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, talks about his move into restaurants as he opens Petit Pois bistro in Hoxton Square. 


Josh Littman of Hard Rock Hotels on UK expansion and updating the brand

22-Jul-2016 - As Hard Rock Hotels announces its entry into the UK with a renovation of the 900-bedroom former Cumberland Hotel in central London by 2018, we speak to Josh Littman, EMEA director...


David Eyre on 15 years at Eyre Brothers and Shoreditch's restaurant scene

15-Jul-2016 - David Eyre's Shoreditch restaurant Eyre Brothers celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The 55-year-old chef talks about the evolution of Shoreditch, perceptions of Portuguese food and why you'll still find...


Shaun Rankin on his new London restaurant at Flemings Mayfair

08-Jul-2016 - Yorkshire-born Rankin is Jersey’s best-known chef and has attracted a Michelin star for his cooking at Ormer in St Helier. Next month, he launches a signature restaurant - Ormer Mayfair - at...

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Mark Rosati on how fine dining inspires the menus at Shake Shack

30-Jun-2016 - Mark Rosati began his career at New York's Gramercy Tavern before moving on to Danny Meyer's then-fledgling burger chain Shake Shack. As culinary director he is tasked with eating his way...