Some of the biggest names in the industry including chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and publicans reveal their thoughts on life, career and hospitality.
04-Apr-2014 - The Algerian-born restaurateur behind London’s Sketch and Momo and a number of other restaurants and bars in Paris and the Middle East on pop-ups, seeking investment from friends, and why he objects to his restaurants being referred to as a mini empire.
07-Mar-2014 - The executive chef at Marlon Abela’s two-Michelin starred restaurant The Greenhouse, in Mayfair, which has just been awarded four AA rosettes, discusses his preference for French food in an English setting.
07-Feb-2014 - The founding director of Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied, as well as the six-month pop-up Pieds Nus – all in London – discusses front-of-house, the key to industry longevity, and his latest project, barbecue restaurant 160 in Hampstead.
17-Jan-2014 - The chef-patron of L’Anima in the City of London discusses his southern Italian roots, working with business partner Peter Marano, and his plans to enter the accessible all-day dining sector.
20-Dec-2013 - She’s the Samoan-born Le Gavroche sous chef that has become known as the tough-talking MasterChef: The Professionals judge. But how much do we really know about Michel Roux Jr’s right-hand woman, Monica Galetti?
06-Dec-2013 - The chef-owner of Noma in Copenhagen – three times voted the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant – discusses losing and rediscovering his creative spark, aided by writing a newly published journal.
22-Nov-2013 - By his own admission, US-born banker turned global hotelier Mike DeNoma struggles to even spell ‘hospitality’, but he certainly understands the voice of the customer and is an expert when it comes to market research. As chief executive of newly formed business glh, DeNoma is overseeing the launch of three entirely new hotel brands in the space of a year.
08-Nov-2013 - Certified as a master sommelier at just 23 years old, Frenchman Xavier Rousset now co-owns Michelin-starred restaurant Texture in Mayfair, London and wine-focused mini chain 28°-50°.
24-Oct-2013 - As managing director of Benugo, Guy Kellner has helped almost triple the size of the business since joining four years ago. His career began with Hilton where he rose up the ranks to be food and beverage director at New York's Waldforf Astoria, before leaving to join Restaurant Associates.
11-Oct-2013 - The Michelin-starred chef behind Mayfair’s Tamarind and the recently relaunched Imli Street discusses India’s railway cuisine, training Western chefs, and his efforts to bring his high-end brand of Indian cooking to the US.
27-Sep-2013 - When he left school aged just 15, Mark Greenaway dreamt of having his own restaurant. Twenty years later, that dream was realised with Greenway’s eponymous establishment opening in Edinburgh. Having worked in numerous venues throughout the UK and Australia, the Great British Menu chef certainly has a story to tell.
13-Sep-2013 - The chef-owner of Dock Kitchen in west London and star of Channel 4’s six-part TV series Spice Trip talks about the importance of travel, being fleet-of-foot, and why he dislikes concept restaurants.
30-Aug-2013 - Adam Byatt owns and runs both the Clapham fine-dining restaurant Trinity and casual concept Bistro Union – which he is hoping to expand. However the renowned chef, who learnt his trade at Claridge’s, has also faced challenges on the road to success.
16-Aug-2013 - The godfather of fusion cuisine and co-owner of The Providores and Tapa Room and Kopapa restaurants in London has just opened The Sugar Club on Level 53 of the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand.
02-Aug-2013 - Paul Deeming co-founded Ignite Group, the company behind London nightclub Boujis and restaurant group Bumpkin, in 1998 and remains part-owner. He is also acting chief financial officer of restaurant group Hakkasan where he is helping to spearhead its international expansion.
12-Jul-2013 - The seafood maestro and co-owner of The Seahorse in Dartmouth has just opened a second site of his casual seafood brand, Rockfish Seafood and Chips, in Plymouth.
28-Jun-2013 - A former lawyer, Julia Hands founded Hand Picked Hotels in 1999 with her private equity financier husband - Guy Hands. Her hands-on approach has helped the collection grow to 17 purposefully individual hotels which will soon be joined by two recent acquisitions.
14-Jun-2013 - The chef opened Simpsons in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, more than 20 years ago, relocating the Michelin-starred favourite to Birmingham in 2004. Recently, Antona was instrumental in his head chef Adam Bennett’s successful fourth-place performance at the Bocuse D’Or competition.
31-May-2013 - The son of a Tyneside fisherman, John Williams' distinguished hotel chef career has led him to head up the brigade at arguably one of the most famous hotels in the world - The Ritz London. Now he divides his time between 'evolving' the hotel's F&B and nurturing talent.
17-May-2013 - After a long career in the hotel industry, which included a stint with IHG as a chief operating officer, Arie van der Spek is now the senior vice president of Laureate Hospitality Education and is helping to launch a London branch of hospitality management school the Glion Institute of Higher Education.
03-May-2013 - The French chef, 56, operates restaurants all around the world, including a trio of three-Michelin-starred establishments. He has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
19-Apr-2013 - Patrick Dempsey is a prime example of hard work paying off in the hospitality industry. Having started as a pot washer in a motorway service station, he climbed the ladder within Forte Hotels, going on to hold posts as chief executive of Macdonald Hotels and Restaurant Associates.
05-Apr-2013 - The executive chef and chief executive of The Cinnamon Club on expanding the London-based group, reinventing Indian cuisine and hitting the Big Apple.
22-Mar-2013 - The 54-year-old chef and co-owner of acclaimed restaurant Northcote in rural Lancashire is the founder of the well-established Obsession food festival. He and business partner Craig Bancroft also own the four-strong gastropub group Ribble Valley Inns (RVI)
08-Mar-2013 - Cyrus Todiwala trained in India as a chef and worked in hotels and restaurants there until he moved to the UK in 1991. He opened Cafe Spice Namaste in London in 1995 with wife Pervin, and has built up a successful business while also dedicating much of his time to training and developing future talent. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 and an OBE in 2009.
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