Interviews

Gavin Austin’s BigTalent

Gavin Austin’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

After working in 14 different restaurants including L’Escargot and Ramsay’s Amaryllis, Gavin Austin tells Becky Paskin how his experiences have prepared him to lead the No.20 at Sanctum Soho kitchen

Xavier Rousset’s BigTalent

Xavier Rousset’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

The head sommelier and co-owner of Texture speaks to Becky Paskin about the downfalls of confidence, the launch of his first restaurant, and becoming the youngest Master Sommelier at the age of 23

Business profile: Clapham House Group

Business profile: Clapham House Group

By Paul Wootton

The Clapham House Group surprised everyone by calling the downturn early. But the resulting changes the company made to its business strategy have paid off, says its chief executive Paul Campbell

Ankur Ahuja's BigTalent

Ankur Ahuja's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Grosvenor House Hotel’s housekeeping executive Ankur Ahuja tells Becky Paskin how his grounding in Indian hospitality led him to achieve industry recognition in the UK, in our latest BigTalent interview

Business profile: Rhubarb takes flight

Business profile: Rhubarb takes flight

By Emma Eversham

Catering company Rhubarb has opened its first restaurant and its at Heathrows T3. BigHospitality went along to see how it is performing in an environment dominated by established high street operators

Business profile: Leon

Business profile: Leon

By Paul Wootton

Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent set up fast food chain Leon after spotting a gap in the market. And they’ve got some pretty ambitious plans, including going worldwide.

Matt Gillan's BigTalent

Matt Gillan's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Matt Gillan, the head chef of South Lodge Hotel’s restaurant-in-a-kitchen The Pass, speaks with Becky Paskin about the road that lead him to head up one of the most eccentric restaurants of the year

Business profile: Robin Rowland of YO! Sushi

Business profile: Robin Rowland of YO! Sushi

By Paul Wootton

An extraordinarily loyal customer base coupled with increased investment in staff will help YO! Sushi ride out the current economic storm, says its chief executive Robin Rowland.

Business profile: Richard Caring

Business profile: Richard Caring

By Ben Shipton

Richard Caring has announced expansion plans in 22 countries. And involvement with a Brighton greengrocer. Whats going on?

Karen MacKay’s BigTalent

Karen MacKay’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Armed with an enormous amount of confidence and passion, Karen MacKay, head chef of Edinburgh hotel Channings, tells Becky Paskin why a job knock back on the grounds of her gender has not dampened her catering ambitions

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

By Paul Wootton

Other brands have tried and failed but Wagamama chief executive Steve Hill believes his cult noodle chain company has what it takes to succeed in the States

Thierry de Magneval's BigTalent

Thierry de Magneval's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

This months BigTalent charts the career so far of Thierry de Magneval, Restaurant Manager of Albert Rouxs eponymous brasserie at Sofitel, Heathrow

Amberley Castle GM Oliver Smith’s BigTalent

Amberley Castle GM Oliver Smith’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

The third instalment in our BigTalent series sees Becky Paskin meet Oliver Smith, the youngest ever General Manager of a von Essen hotel, to uncover why experience is better than an education

Scott Goss's BigTalent

Scott Goss's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Our BigTalent series continues in a frank interview with The Swan’s Scott Goss, the head chef of a Kentish gasropub that BigH is tipping for stardom

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