Career Profile

Peter Avis, restaurant manager of Babylon at the Roof Gardens

Peter Avis's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

The restaurant manager of Virgin-operated Babylon at the Roof Gardens speaks to Becky Paskin about how elocution lessons and a passion for goold-old American hospitality helped him become the Academy of Food and Wine's Restaurant Manger of the Year

Stephen Williams worked at The  Square and The Ledbury before  moving to The Harwood Arms

Stephen Williams's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Stephen Williams, head chef of The Harwood Arms in Fulham, was close to quitting life as a chef before he’d even begun, but six years later he’s receiving glorious reviews and awards for his very-British gastropub. Speaking to Becky Paskin in our latest...

Lisa Allen is one of the north's leading female head chefs

Lisa Allen’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

As one of the north’s leading female head chefs, Lisa Allen of the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor in Lancashire reveals the lengths she’ll go to, to remain competitive amongst her male peers, in our latest BigTalent profile

Thomas Helyer, the 2009 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef of the Year

Thomas Helyer's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

After a hurdle-ridden and troublesome education, Thomas Helyer, the 2009 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Commis Chef of the Year, told Becky Paskin how he ditched the chalkboard for the chopping block, and turned his life around

Oliver Lesnik's BigTalent

Oliver Lesnik's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Oliver Lesnik, executive head chef of Langtrys at The Cadogan hotel in Belgravia, tells Becky Paskin how after years of perseverance and experience working with some of the best British chefs, his passion for a life in the kitchen has flourished

Laura Rhys’s BigTalent

Laura Rhys’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Just weeks after winning the 2009 UK Sommelier of the Year, Hotel Terravina’s head sommelier Laura Rhys tells Becky Paskin how having Gerard Basset as a mentor has helped her career take off

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Lowy's BigTalent

Steve Lowy's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

BigH meets Umi Hotel’s founder Steve Lowy in the first in a series of exclusive interviews with the best of Britain’s rising talent

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