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.

Mark Greenaway moved his eponymous Edinburgh from No.12 Picardy Place to North Castle Street in January

Mark Greenaway: Pearls of Wisdom

By Luke Nicholls

When he left school aged just 15, Mark Greenaway dreamt of having his own restaurant. Twenty years later, that dream was realised with Greenway’s eponymous establishment opening in Edinburgh. Having worked in numerous venues throughout the UK and Australia,...

Stevie Parle is the chef-owner of Dock Kitchen in West London

Stevie Parle: Pearls of Wisdom

By Stefan Chomka

The chef-owner of Dock Kitchen in west London and star of Channel 4’s six-part TV series Spice Trip talks about the importance of travel, being fleet-of-foot, and why he dislikes concept restaurants.

Adam Byatt runs Trinity and Bistro Union and is backing Tom Sellers' restaurant Story

Adam Byatt: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

Adam Byatt owns and runs both the Clapham fine-dining restaurant Trinity and casual concept Bistro Union – which he is hoping to expand. However the renowned chef, who learnt his trade at Claridge’s, has also faced challenges on the road to success.

Peter Gordon: Pearls of Wisdom

Peter Gordon: Pearls of Wisdom

The godfather of fusion cuisine and co-owner of The Providores and Tapa Room and Kopapa restaurants in London has just opened The Sugar Club on Level 53 of the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand.

Hakkasan interim chief financial officer Paul Deeming says he is driven by seeing concepts expand

Paul Deeming: Pearls of Wisdom

By Emma Eversham

Paul Deeming co-founded Ignite Group, the company behind London nightclub Boujis and restaurant group Bumpkin, in 1998 and remains part-owner. He is also acting chief financial officer of restaurant group Hakkasan where he is helping to spearhead its...

Accountant-turned-chef Mitch Tonks is an ambassador for seafood in the UK, operating three fish restaurants

Mitch Tonks: Pearls of Wisdom

The seafood maestro and co-owner of The Seahorse in Dartmouth has just opened a second site of his casual seafood brand, Rockfish Seafood and Chips, in Plymouth.

Julia Hands, chairman and chief executive of Hand Picked Hotels, founded the collection in 1999

Julia Hands: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

A former lawyer, Julia Hands founded Hand Picked Hotels in 1999 with her private equity financier husband - Guy Hands. Her hands-on approach has helped the collection grow to 17 purposefully individual hotels which will soon be joined by two recent acquisitions.

Andreas Antona, owner of Simpsons and a long-term supporter of the Bocuse d'Or

Andreas Antona: Pearls of Wisdom

By William Drew

The chef opened Simpsons in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, more than 20 years ago, relocating the Michelin-starred favourite to Birmingham in 2004. Recently, Antona was instrumental in his head chef Adam Bennett’s successful fourth-place performance at the...

John Williams, executive chef of The Ritz London

John Williams: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

The son of a Tyneside fisherman, John Williams' distinguished hotel chef career has led him to head up the brigade at arguably one of the most famous hotels in the world - The Ritz London. Now he divides his time between 'evolving' the...

Arie van der Speck, senior vice president of Laureate Hospitality Education and one of the team behind the launch of Glion London

Arie van der Spek: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

After a long career in the hotel industry, which included a stint with IHG as a chief operating officer, Arie van der Spek is now the senior vice president of Laureate Hospitality Education and is helping to launch a London branch of hospitality management...

Alain Ducasse, whose career spans 30 years, was awarded the Diner's Club World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

Alain Ducasse: Pearls of Wisdom

By William Drew

The French chef, 56, operates restaurants all around the world, including a trio of three-Michelin-starred establishments. He has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Patrick Dempsey, managing director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Patrick Dempsey: Pearls of Wisdom

By Luke Nicholls

Patrick Dempsey is a prime example of hard work paying off in the hospitality industry. Having started as a pot washer in a motorway service station, he climbed the ladder within Forte Hotels, going on to hold posts as chief executive of Macdonald Hotels...

Calcutta, London and now New York. Vivek Singh, who came to the UK in 2001, says New York could be in line for a Cinnamon Club next year.

Vivek Singh: Pearls of Wisdom

By William Drew & Peter Ruddick

The executive chef and chief executive of The Cinnamon Club on expanding the London-based group, reinventing Indian cuisine and hitting the Big Apple. 

Nigel Haworth, chef and co-owner of Northcote and Ribble Valley Inns shares his pearls of wisdom

Nigel Haworth: Pearls of Wisdom

By William Drew

The 54-year-old chef and co-owner of acclaimed restaurant Northcote in rural Lancashire is the founder of the well-established Obsession food festival. He and business partner Craig Bancroft also own the four-strong gastropub group Ribble Valley Inns...

Cyrus Todiwala, owner of two restaurants, one cafe, an MBE and an OBE, shares his thoughts on the industry

Cyrus Todiwala: Pearls of Wisdom

By Emma Eversham

Cyrus Todiwala trained in India as a chef and worked in hotels and restaurants there until he moved to the UK in 1991. He opened Cafe Spice Namaste in London in 1995 with wife Pervin, and has built up a successful business while also dedicating much of...