Interviews

Interviews

Our latest interviews with the hospitality industry's leading lights and upcoming stars

Mark Slaney previously worked as head sommellier for Lucknam Park Hotel and recently published a book on wine

Small Talk

Mark Slaney on the Horseshoe, wine and a life in hospitality

By Carina Perkins

Mark Slaney was practically born into the hospitality sector – his parents, grand-parents and great-grand parents were hoteliers. He worked as restaurant manager, head of dining, events manager, head sommelier and consultant before joining the Horseshoe...

Arnaud Bignon is the executive chef of The Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair

Arnaud Bignon: Pearls of Wisdom

By Stefan Chomka

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.

Core principles: Richard and Nikki Cooper are enjoying the fruits of their labour

Business Profile: The Stable

By Joe Lutrario

A Dorset-born British pizza and cider brand has its sights on the capital – and to fill the gap left by Union Jacks’ departure. Founder Nikki Cooper spills the tomato sauce.

David Moore believes front-of-house will become increasingly important

David Moore: Pearls of Wisdom

By Stefan Chomka

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. 

Pizza Hut chief executive Jens Hofma, who has been with the company since 2009. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Pizza Hut

By Joe Lutrario

One of the UK's biggest restaurant brands may have had a tricky few years, but a huge investment will increase Pizza Hut's chances in the ultra-competitive pizza space.

Francesco Mazzei at l'Anima

Francesco Mazzei: Pearls of Wisdom

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.

Joint Bill's managing directors Scott Macdonald and Roberto Moretti. Photos: John Carey

Business Profile: Bill's

By Joe Lutrario

With a combination of smart management and Richard Caring’s backing, Bill’s has made the jump from fledging concept to major national player in record time.