Interviews

Peter Avis, restaurant manager of Babylon at the Roof Gardens

Peter Avis's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

The restaurant manager of Virgin-operated Babylon at the Roof Gardens speaks to Becky Paskin about how elocution lessons and a passion for goold-old American hospitality helped him become the Academy of Food and Wine's Restaurant Manger of the Year

Craig Dunn is executive chef at  The Abode in Glasgow

Pearls of Wisdom: Craig Dunn

By Emma Eversham

Craig Dunn, executive chef at the Abode hotel in Glasgow shares his experiences and advice on the industry

Heinz Beck

Pearls of Wisdom: Heinz Beck

By Paul Wootton

Heinz Beck, excecutive chef at the three Michelin starred La Pergola in Rome, has recently launched Apsleys - A Heinz Beck Restaurant at The Lanesborough Hotel in London. He shares his thoughts on the industry

Stephen Williams worked at The  Square and The Ledbury before  moving to The Harwood Arms

Stephen Williams's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Stephen Williams, head chef of The Harwood Arms in Fulham, was close to quitting life as a chef before he’d even begun, but six years later he’s receiving glorious reviews and awards for his very-British gastropub. Speaking to Becky Paskin in our latest...

Andrew Swindells, general manager at London's Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel

Pearls of Wisdom: Andrew Swindells

By Emma Eversham

Andrew Swindells, general manager of London's Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, shares his experiences of and thoughts on the hotel industry

Lisa Allen is one of the north's leading female head chefs

Lisa Allen’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

As one of the north’s leading female head chefs, Lisa Allen of the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor in Lancashire reveals the lengths she’ll go to, to remain competitive amongst her male peers, in our latest BigTalent profile

Thomas Helyer, the 2009 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef of the Year

Thomas Helyer's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

After a hurdle-ridden and troublesome education, Thomas Helyer, the 2009 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Commis Chef of the Year, told Becky Paskin how he ditched the chalkboard for the chopping block, and turned his life around

Marcello and Carlo di Stefano Photograph: Suzanne Mitchell

Business profile: San Carlo

By Paul Wootton

Food, atmosphere, hard work and passion have helped San Carlo become one of the most successful family-owned restaurant companies in the UK – and landed them a franchise deal with one of the Middle East’s richest companies

Oliver Lesnik's BigTalent

Oliver Lesnik's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Oliver Lesnik, executive head chef of Langtrys at The Cadogan hotel in Belgravia, tells Becky Paskin how after years of perseverance and experience working with some of the best British chefs, his passion for a life in the kitchen has flourished

Business profile: D&D London

Business profile: D&D London

By Paul Wootton

D&D London has ambitious expansion plans in spite of the troubled economy. Its chairman and MD explain how theyre weathering the storm

Laura Rhys’s BigTalent

Laura Rhys’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Just weeks after winning the 2009 UK Sommelier of the Year, Hotel Terravina’s head sommelier Laura Rhys tells Becky Paskin how having Gerard Basset as a mentor has helped her career take off

Business profile: Benugo

Business profile: Benugo

By Paul Wootton

Warner brothers presents a group of bespoke restaurants in public spaces and a ground-breaking chain of sandwich bars. So how did the Benugo boys do it?

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