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Pearls of Wisdom

Some of the biggest names in the industry including chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and publicans reveal their thoughts on life, career and hospitality.

Pearls of Wisdom

Joanne Barratt: Pearls of Wisdom

31-Jul-2014 - QHotels’ group operations manager talks about how important a strong team culture is in maintaining excellent standards and achieving great results within the conference and events sector.

Robin Hutson: Pearls of Wisdom

03-Jul-2014 - The hotel-restaurant entrepreneur, who co-founded the ground-breaking Hotel du Vin, has built his latest concept The Pig into a successful four-strong group. He discusses kitchen gardens, the power of a name and training young entrepreneurs

Mark Poynton: Pearls of Wisdom

20-Jun-2014 - The British chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Alimentum and star of Great British Menu Mark Poynton talks about being on TV, the importance of customer satisfaction, and his belief in simple, seasonal food.

Ryan Clift: Pearls of Wisdom

06-Jun-2014 - The British-born chef who ran Vue de Monde in Melbourne for eight and half years before setting up the Tippling Club in Singapore talks about pairing drinks with food, serving £30 cocktails and making cauliflower cheese using sound waves.

Brian Turner: Pearls of Wisdom

02-May-2014 - The Yorkshire-born celebrity chef, true hero of TV’s Ready Steady Cook, industry ambassador and the UK’s go-to chef competition judge, talks about the changing restaurant landscape and how his father’s fascination with flavours set him up for a life in kitchens

Mourad Mazouz: Pearls of Wisdom

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. 

Arnaud Bignon: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

David Moore: Pearls of Wisdom

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. 

Francesco Mazzei: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Monica Galetti: Pearls of Wisdom

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?

Rene Redzepi: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Mike DeNoma: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Xavier Rousset: Pearls of Wisdom

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°.

Guy Kellner: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Alfred Prasad: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Mark Greenaway: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Stevie Parle: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Adam Byatt: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Peter Gordon: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Paul Deeming: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Mitch Tonks: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Julia Hands: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Andreas Antona: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

John Williams: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Arie van der Spek: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

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