Career Profile

Taskin Muzaffer, operations manager at Drake & Morgan

After hours with... Taskin Muzaffer

By Becky Paskin

Taskin Muzaffer, the operations manager at rapidly-expanding bar/ restaurant group Drake & Morgan, speaks of a fast-paced career progression, working abroad, and keeping a cool head.

Ronnie Faulkner, chef/ proprietor of Ronnie's in Thornbury

After hours with... Ronnie Faulkner

By Becky Paskin

The South African-born chef/proprietor of Ronnie’s in Thornbury started out with aspirations to be a chemical engineer. But after a harsh word from his father and some guidance from Bruno Loubet and Anton Mossimann, Faulkner has managed to become an award-winning...

Claire Lara beat John Calton and David Coulson to the 2010 Masterchef title

After hours with… Claire Lara

By Becky Paskin

Claire Lara, the 30-year old winner of Masterchef: The Professionals 2010 found out she was pregnant during filming of the show, but is adamant that having a baby will not hamper her chances of one day opening her own Le Manoir-style restaurant.

Matthew Tomkinson, head chef at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu, New Forest

After Hours with… Matthew Tomkinson

By Lorraine Heller

Matthew Tomkinson worked his way through the lowest to the highest kitchens, gaining a Roux scholarship and several Michelin stars along the way. Thirteen years after setting off on his culinary journeys, he is now head chef at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu,...

Andy Barber, head chef at The Forge

After hours with… Andy Barber

By Becky Paskin

The head chef at The Forge in Covent Garden has been in the industry for over 30 years, working along the way with some of the best chefs in the last few decades

Riddian Davies, area general manager at Guoman Hotels

After hours with... Riddian Davies

By Becky Paskin

The area general manager for Guoman's Charing Cross and Grosvenor hotels talks about leaving South Africa, becoming 'the best' and multi-tasking

Mickey Narea, head sommelier at Launceston Place

After hours with… Mickey Narea

By Becky Paskin

US-born Mickey Narea traded in a high-flying career in finance for one of wine, and with just six months restaurant experience, migrated to London to begin his first sommelier position at Launceston Place

Katarina Todosijevic, head chef at Searcy's Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery

After hours with… Katarina Todosijevic

By Becky Paskin

Katarina Todosijevic left her small Swedish village for the bright lights of London at just 20 years old. Seven years later she is now the head chef of Searcy’s Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Jayke Magnion, owner of Entree restaurant and bar in Battersea

After hours with... Jayke Mangion

By Becky Paskin

Taking the decision to leave his position as operations manager at successful bar and restaurant group Rising Star Leisure, Jayke Mangion opened his first solo venture, Entrée, in Battersea Rise just seven weeks ago

Harry Miles, head conciergeLondon Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel

After hours with... Harry Miles

By Chris Druce

Harry Miles is the head concierge of the London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel. Miles has clocked up an impressive 31 years service at the hotel (previously the Europa) and has seen a huge amount of change, in an ever evolving role

Tim Gardner, director and co-owner of The Lonsdale Bar and Restaurant

After hours with… Tim Gardner

By Chris Druce

Tim Gardner is director and co-owner of The Lonsdale Bar and Restaurant in London’s Notting Hill. After a career spent working for others the revitalised cocktail bar is Gardner’s first solo project

Christina Dixon, guest services supervisor, Jurys Inn Liverpool

After hours with… Christina Dixon

By Chris Druce

Christina Dixon is guest services supervisor at Jurys Inn Liverpool. She won the prestigious Outstanding Customer Service title at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence earlier this year and chats about the vaule of looking after your guests

Tim Homewood, head bartender at Babylon restaurant, the Roof Gardens

After hours with...Tim Homewood

By Chris Druce

Tim Homewood is head bartender at Babylon restaurant at the Roof Gardens, London, and winner of the 2010 Saffron and Sides cocktail competition. He talks about his career and why bartending is a great job

Kate Levin, general manager of The Capital Hotel

After hours with… Kate Levin

By Becky Paskin

Kate Levin, daughter of The Capital Group founders David and Margaret Levin and general manager of The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, tells all about her career and life growing up in a hotel

Anna Horsman, head of events at Geronimo Inns

After Hours with... Anna Horsman

By Chris Druce

Anna Horsman talks about joining Geronimo Inns as head of events, and her misson to develop the pub group’s private rooms business, especially during the World Cup


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