Career Profile

Barrie St Clair, head chef at Black & Blue's The Archduke

Career Profile: Barrie St Clair

By Peter Ruddick

Yorkshire-born Barrrie St Clair spent the first half of his career working through the ranks as a hotel chef. After working as a sous-chef at the Le Meridien hotel, St Clair worked with Marco Pierre-White for an unsuccessful stint before joining the Waterloo...

Martin Morales, founder, Ceviche restaurant (image courtesy of Paul Winch Furness)

Career Profile: Martin Morales

By Luke Nicholls

Peruvian-born entrepreneur Martin Morales has finally ventured into the restaurant sector after years of wait, with last month's opening of Ceviche in Soho - featuring the UK's first pisco bar. The ex-DJ and Apple executive talks to BigHospitality...

Arnaud Stevens, executive head chef at The Gherkin restaurant and group development chef for Searcys

Career Profile: Arnaud Stevens

By Emma Eversham

Arnaud Stevens is executive head chef at 40/30 at The Gherkin and group development chef for Searcys. Part of the management team at Searcys, he has overall responsibility for the kitchen at The Gherkin while also overseeing all food concepts for the...

Clare Smyth, head chef, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Career Profile: Clare Smyth

By Peter Ruddick

Clare Smyth holds a unique position for a female chef in the UK as the first and only woman to run a restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, with three Michelin stars. Smyth moved to England at 16 from Northern Ireland to train before working in a number...

Career Profile: Laurie Gear

Career Profile: Laurie Gear

By Peter Ruddick

Largely self-taught chef Laurie Gear started his career washing dishes in a local Dorset hotel. After he met his wife while learning his trade in the kitchen of the Combe House hotel in Gittisham, Gear worked with her to achieve their dream in 2002 of...

Sudha Saha, executive head chef, the Saffron Group

Career Profile: Sudha Saha

By Luke Nicholls

Chef Sudha Saha has an impressive culinary career. At 17, he was given a place to train hotel management at Chennai. He then joined the Ambassador hotel and trained with the Taj Group. A few years later, Saha moved to Dubai to take up his first executive...

Will Oakley, general manager, The Cadogan hotel

Career Profile: Will Oakley

By Luke Nicholls

Will Oakley has over 14 years’ experience working in the luxury hospitality sector. Prior to his new role as general manager of The Cadogan hotel in Knightsbridge, Oakley was the manager at Bespoke Hotels, launching other London properties including The...

Will Torrent, who will be sharing his top tips for working with chocolate next week and on 23 March via BigHospitality

Career Profile: Will Torrent

By Emma Eversham

Pastry chef Will Torrent scored a week's work experience with Heston Blumenthal at the tender age of 15. Ten years on he is working alongside Blumenthal again as a pastry chef consultant for Waitrose. He was the first British pastry chef to win at...

Peter Borg-Neal

Career Profile: Peter Borg-Neal

By Luke Nicholls

Gastropub entrepreneur Peter Borg-Neal is the brains behind the six-strong Oakman Inns & Restaurants, which was last month nominated for Best Pub Company at Restaurant magazine's R200 Awards. Having started his career as a cellar boy and also...

Byron Lang

Career Profile: Byron Lang

By Emma Eversham

Byron Lang has been head maitre d' at Gordon Ramsay Holdings' The Savoy Grill since it re-opened for business in 2010. He started his hospitality career at The Ivy before going on to work for Jeremy Corbin and Chris King at The Wolseley and...

Laura Marlow - Christmas co-ordinator, London Marriott hotel County Hall

Career Profile: Laura Marlow

By Luke Nicholls

Laura Marlow was last month appointed Christmas co-ordinator at the London Marriott hotel County Hall. Handling everything from festive family lunches to bespoke packages, corporate events and private parties, her new role marks a return to the events...

Alan Stewart, head chef of Manson in Fulham

Career Profile: Alan Stewart

By Emma Eversham

Alan Stewart’s passion for cooking started with a part-time job at Hammersmith gastropub The Anglesea Arms. He worked in support roles at Chez Bruce and Launceston Place in London before taking up his current position of head chef at Manson in London.

Azad Miah

Career Profile: Azad Miah

By Luke Nicholls

Azad Miah has worked in fine dining for more than 15 years. Having graduated in business management in 2008, Miah immediately opened his first restaurant, Amani, in Sanderstead. Following the Indian restaurant’s success, a second venue was opened in nearby...

Phil Davison has run the Sun in the Wood for 15 years with his wife Lauren

Career Profile: Phil Davison

By Emma Eversham

Phil Davison began his career as a chef, running restaurants and pubs before finally buying his own pub - the Sun in the Wood, near Newbury - which he has run with his wife Lauren for the past 15 years.

James Hatswell spent eight years working as a cook in the Royal Navy

Career Profile: James Hatswell

By Emma Eversham

Chef James Hatswell trained at HMS Raleigh’s Cookery School after joining the Navy at 16. During his eight years in the forces he visited 36 countries, developing a love of global cuisine. He currently runs a tight ship as head chef at the Heron Restaurant...

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