Career Profile

How I Got Here with Uncle John's Bakery CEO Samuel Mensah

How I Got Here: Samuel Mensah

By James McAllister

Samuel Mensah is the CEO of London-based Ghanaian bakery business Uncle John's, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Flash-grilled with Tomas Lidakevicius former City Social executive chef Turnips Borough

Flash-grilled: Tomas Lidakevicius

By James McAllister

Former City Social executive chef Tomas Lidakevicius recently partnered with family-run Borough Market stall holder Turnips to launch a new al fresco restaurant space.

Andy Townsend believes a willingness to 'get your jacket off' and learn from the bottom up is the best route to success in hotel management

Andy Townsend: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

'Serial hotelier' Andy Townsend is chief executive of Legacy Hotels and Resorts, the hotel management company he set up in 2005 following a stint as a divisional director at Macdonald Hotels. The father of five has worked in the industry for...

Publican's daughter Sian McNicholas has carved out at career for herself within marketing, but has stayed close to the family business by working with pub companies Young's and Geronimo Inns

Sian McNicholas: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Leisure Management graduate and publican's daughter Sian McNicholas worked in events before taking up the role of marketing development manager at London-based pub company Young's. Following the company's purchase of Geronimo Inns at the...

Daniel Pearse, head pastry chef, Hakkasan London

Daniel Pearse: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Daniel Pearse, 28, has been head pastry chef for Hakkasan London for more than two years after stints at The Mandarin Oriental and The Langham. The pastry chef believes that classic training and knowing the basics before trying to climb the ladder is...

Petra Wetzel had never had a pint of beer before she took over WEST, but now the managing director's beer is sold in outlets across the country

Petra Wetzel: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

German-born Petra Wetzel gave up a career in law six years ago to save the restaurant, bar and brewery in Glasgow she'd bought for her ex-husband to run. A self-confessed new-born 'beer nerd' Wetzel has grown the beer hall considerably...

Carl Clarke fell into hospitality at the age of 15 and DJ'd for several years before returning with a new approach to being a chef

Carl Clarke: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Pop-up restaurant veteran Carl Clarke fell into a career in hospitality at the age of 15, working as a chef in hotels and the military before ditching it all to become a world-famous DJ. He returned to cooking in the 1990s, working for Marco Pierre White,...

Chris Underwood became the pastry chef at Five Fields when it opened in May

Chris Underwood: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

Pastry chefs are few and far between in UK restaurants, but Chris Underwood has been in the pastry department for all of his working life. Gaining experience with an array of big-name chefs including Tom Aikens, Michael Caines and Alan Murchison, Underwood...

Sue Hough has been in housekeeping for the last 25 years

Sue Hough: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Sue Hough swapped a career in food and beverage for housekeeping 25 years ago and hasn't looked back since. She worked at The Royal Horseguards and before moving. She has been executive housekeeper at Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa for the...

East End boy Gerry Calabrese, owner of the Hoxton Pony, has just launched INK with Professor Green in Leicester Square

Gerry Calabrese: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Gerry Calabrese may be the son of world-famous bartender Salvatore Calabrese, but he has firmly made his own mark on London's bar and club scene, opening The Hoxton Pony in Shoreditch in 2008, before heading outside of his East End heartland to launch...

Jonny Boud is the co-owner of PING, The Rum Kitchen and Love Brunch, and has his own menswear website, Young Threads

Jonny Boud: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

By his own admission, Jonny Boud prefers to be the organiser of an event than to attend one as a guest. This ethos is reflected in his hospitality businesses, with PING, The Rum Kitchen and Love Brunch all focused on offering customers an all-night ‘experience’....

Hospitality all-rounder Wayne Androliakos has worked in hotels and restaurants, but says he now prefers the challenge of working in the extended stay sector

Wayne Androliakos: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

South African-born Wayne Androliakos is general manager at Staybridge Suites, London Stratford, the extended-stay hotel he opened just a month before the start of the London Olympics. The hotelier has clocked up experience with a number of big-brand hotels,...

Craig Sandle is now the executive chef of The Pompadour by Galvin

Craig Sandle: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

Craig Sandle is proof that dedication and commitment pays off in hospitality. The 37-year-old Edinburgh-born chef has worked in restaurants for over 20 years, spending nine of those heading up Number One at the Balmoral Hotel. Now, he oversees the latest...

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