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.
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 Hotels. The father of five has worked in the industry for more than 20 years, clocking up time with a host of major hotel groups such as De Vere, Whitbread, Stakis and Hilton.
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 Geronimo Inns at the end of 2010 she became head of marketing for Geronimo Inns where she now manages all PR and marketing for the group.
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 classic training and knowing the basics before trying to climb the ladder is the key to success in the pastry section.
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 new-born 'beer nerd' Wetzel has grown the beer hall considerably while the brewery is now a major producer of artisan lagers and wheat beers in Scotland and supplies outlets all over the country.
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 become a world-famous DJ. He returned to cooking in the 1990s, working for Marco Pierre White, U2 and Simon Rogan before launching his pop-up restaurant business, which has included the pop-ups Rock Lobsta, God Save the Clam and Disco Bistro.
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 of big-name chefs including Tom Aikens, Michael Caines and Alan Murchison, Underwood now works alongside Taylor Bonnyman at the new Five Fields restaurant in Chelsea.
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...
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 Shoreditch in 2008, before heading outside of his East End heartland to launch Baroque at the Playboy Club. Earlier his month he collaborated with Brit rapper Professor Green to open INK, a new nightclub in Leicester Square.
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 PING, The Rum Kitchen and Love Brunch all focused on offering customers an all-night ‘experience’. So what’s next for this budding entrepreneur and his business partners?
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 clocked up experience with a number of big-brand hotels, including Park Plaza and worked for Ian Schrager at the St Martin's Lane and Sanderson hotels in London before going on to work in the extended stay sector.
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 Number One at the Balmoral Hotel. Now, he oversees the latest instalments of Chris and Jeff Galvin’s empire, The Pompadour by Galvin and Brassrie de Luxe at The Caledonian.
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 in the industry can offer. The 23-year-old has just helped to open The 3 Crowns pub/restaurant in Old Street, where he oversees the bar.
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, now help to run the nearby Rutland hotel - which includes gourmet steak restaurant Kyloe and the recently opened Huxley bar - under the guise of the Signature Pub Group.
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 Thompson Hotel in London last year where he remains as general manager.
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 works in a 'gadget-free' kitchen, believing a back to basics approach showcasing good quality produce is the secret to a successful restaurant.
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 Hotels over 10 years ago, recently taking up the position of general manager at South Lodge in West Sussex.
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 the industry and get what he calls 'the best job in the world'.
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.
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 Stoke Park in 2003 and has been building up the hotel’s culinary reputation over the past 10 years, now as the executive chef of Humphry’s fine-dining restaurant.
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 2008, doubling sales in less than a year. They then acquired the Lady Ottoline in Bloomsbury in 2011, and the Pig & Butcher in Islington last year.
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, the chef-patron of his eponymous restaurant at the Westbury hotel in Mayfair reveals some of the secrets to his success.
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 over 750 bins. He consults on individual tastes and requirements and advises on matching particular wines to Pierre Gagnaire’s menu.
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 Brasserie - but the entrepreneur was originally training to become an actress.
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 celebrate 10 years of running his own restaurant.
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 gone from strength to strength on his own; also running the Italian restaurant, Rojano’s in the Square, appearing on the BBC’s Great British Menu last year and capping off a successful 2012 as one of the highest climbers in the National Restaurant Awards, with Number 6 placing 36th.
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