Business Profile

Robert Cook. Photo: Mike Poloway

Business Profile: MWB's Robert Cook

By William Drew

As chief executive of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin business, Robert Cook has embarked on a voyage of discovery into the standalone restaurant sector: Is he steering a successful course?

Geoff Leong, executive director of Restaurant Management UK

Business Profile: Restaurant Management UK

By Joe Lutrario

Geoff Leong's London outfit is one of the few to rethink the Anglo-Chinese restaurant formula with its authentic and varied takes on Asian cooking.

Stefano Ispani, managing director of Ponti's

Business Profile: Ponti's

By Stefan Chomka

How does a relatively unheralded Italian chain go head-to-head with the big boys? Ponti's managing director Stefano Ispani says the answer lies in the country's regional cooking.

L-R HR director Tracey Smith, chief executive Zeev Godik and operations director Martin Williams

Business Profile: Gaucho

By William Drew

By combining high-value product with high-octane style, Gaucho Group has hit on a lucrative formula. But how does it maintain its appeal and values across a growing chain?

Stephen and Juliette Wall, founders of Vietnamese restaurant chain, Pho

Business Profile: Pho

By Joe Lutrario

Stephen and Juliette Wall’s Vietnamese restaurant concept Pho is on the expansion trail.

Helen Jones, managing director of Zizzi

Business Profile: Zizzi

By Joe Lutrario

Zizzi has responded to new entrants in the Italian dining sector with a complete overhaul designed to pull in younger diners and bring the brand back up to date

Ranjit Mathrani

Business Profile: Masala World

By Joe Lutrario

Ranjit Mathrani’s Masala World operates 10 restaurants in central London, but now looks set to take its authentic Indian food and high service standards nationwide.

Chris Benians, left, and Andy Bassadone concentrate on great food and great service

Business Profile: Cote

By Joe Lutrario

The mid-market veterans behind Strada and Côte discuss the benefits of cooking from scratch, refining existing concepts, and explain how to rollout at pace.

Alex Reilley, managing director of Loungers

Business profile: Loungers

By Joe Lutrario

Helmed by Alex Reilley, Loungers is turning heads across the industry with its blend of homely surroundings, genuine all-day dining offer and cleverly located units.

Jale Erentok hopes to open three to five Busaba Eathais each year

Business Profile: Busaba Eathai

By Joe Lutrario

Busaba Eathai is among the few chains to gain plaudits from the critics and guides. Operations director and head honcho Jale Erentok discusses food quality, working cultures and the chain’s plans to expand steadily

Jillian MacLean will open sites five and six next year

Business Profile: Drake & Morgan

By William Drew

Inspirational and driven, entrepreneur Jillian MacLean is rapidly expanding her young company, Drake & Morgan, to be the envy of the bar-restaurant sector

Tom Byng, founder of Byron

Business Profile: Byron

By Stefan Chomka

Byron founder Tom Byng enjoys the freedom of a fledgling brand with the backing of a multi-million pound business. He also has a passionate desire to change the way we think about burgers

David Ramsden, chief executive of Dogs restaurant group

Business Profile: Dogs

By Joe Lutrario

David Ramsden, chief executive of the Edinburgh-based Dogs restaurant group, on making the transition from fine to casual dining, finely tuned margins and ambitious expansion plans

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