Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom

Some of the biggest names in the industry including chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and publicans reveal their thoughts on life, career and hospitality.

Joanne Barratt is QHotels' group operations manager

Joanne Barratt: Pearls of Wisdom

By Melodie Michel

QHotels’ group operations manager talks about how important a strong team culture is in maintaining excellent standards and achieving great results within the conference and events sector.

People are scared of most country house hotels... The Pig breaks those barriers down - Robin Hutson

Robin Hutson: Pearls of Wisdom

By William Drew

The hotel-restaurant entrepreneur, who co-founded the ground-breaking Hotel du Vin, has built his latest concept The Pig into a successful four-strong group. He discusses kitchen gardens, the power of a name and training young entrepreneurs

This business is all about making the customer happy because without customers, we don’t have anything - Mark Poynton

Mark Poynton: Pearls of Wisdom

By Carina Perkins

The British chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Alimentum and star of Great British Menu Mark Poynton talks about being on TV, the importance of customer satisfaction, and his belief in simple, seasonal food.

Ryan Clift: Pearls of Wisdom

By Laura Price

The British-born chef who ran Vue de Monde in Melbourne for eight and half years before setting up the Tippling Club in Singapore talks about pairing drinks with food, serving £30 cocktails and making cauliflower cheese using sound waves.

Brian Turner: Pearls of Wisdom

By Jo Lutrario

The Yorkshire-born celebrity chef, true hero of TV’s Ready Steady Cook, industry ambassador and the UK’s go-to chef competition judge, talks about the changing restaurant landscape and how his father’s fascination with flavours set him up for a life in...

Mourad Mazouz: Pearls of Wisdom

By Joe Lutrario

The Algerian-born restaurateur behind London’s Sketch and Momo and a number of other restaurants and bars in Paris and the Middle East on pop-ups, seeking investment from friends, and why he objects to his restaurants being referred to as a mini empire. 

Arnaud Bignon is the executive chef of The Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair

Arnaud Bignon: Pearls of Wisdom

By Stefan Chomka

The executive chef at Marlon Abela’s two-Michelin starred restaurant The Greenhouse, in Mayfair, which has just been awarded four AA rosettes, discusses his preference for French food in an English setting.

David Moore believes front-of-house will become increasingly important

David Moore: Pearls of Wisdom

By Stefan Chomka

The founding director of Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied, as well as the six-month pop-up Pieds Nus – all in London – discusses front-of-house, the key to industry longevity, and his latest project, barbecue restaurant 160 in Hampstead. 

Francesco Mazzei at l'Anima

Francesco Mazzei: Pearls of Wisdom

The chef-patron of L’Anima in the City of London discusses his southern Italian roots, working with business partner Peter Marano, and his plans to enter the accessible all-day dining sector.

MasterChef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti says TV work can be both a blessing and a curse for a chef

Monica Galetti: Pearls of Wisdom

By Luke Nicholls

She’s the Samoan-born Le Gavroche sous chef that has become known as the tough-talking MasterChef: The Professionals judge. But how much do we really know about Michel Roux Jr’s right-hand woman, Monica Galetti?

Rene Redzepi:

Rene Redzepi: Pearls of Wisdom

By William Drew

The chef-owner of Noma in Copenhagen – three times voted the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant – discusses losing and rediscovering his creative spark, aided by writing a newly published journal.

Mike DeNoma is chief executive of new global hotel brand glh

Mike DeNoma: Pearls of Wisdom

By Luke Nicholls

By his own admission, US-born banker turned global hotelier Mike DeNoma struggles to even spell ‘hospitality’, but he certainly understands the voice of the customer and is an expert when it comes to market research. As chief executive of newly formed...

Xavier Rousset, co-owner of Texture and 28-50

Xavier Rousset: Pearls of Wisdom

By Joe Lutrario

Certified as a master sommelier at just 23 years old, Frenchman Xavier Rousset now co-owns Michelin-starred restaurant Texture in Mayfair, London and wine-focused mini chain 28°-50°.

Guy Kellner started out in hotels, but his passion has always been food and drink

Guy Kellner: Pearls of Wisdom

By Emma Eversham

As managing director of Benugo, Guy Kellner has helped almost triple the size of the business since joining four years ago. His career began with Hilton where he rose up the ranks to be food and beverage director at New York's Waldforf Astoria, before...

Alfred Prasad, Tamarind Collection's director of food, says it is about time there was some excitement created around top-level Indian cuisine

Alfred Prasad: Pearls of Wisdom

By Joe Lutrario

The Michelin-starred chef behind Mayfair’s Tamarind and the recently relaunched Imli Street discusses India’s railway cuisine, training Western chefs, and his efforts to bring his high-end brand of Indian cooking to the US.