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.

Alan Swinson, catering director for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Pearls of Wisdom: Alan Swinson

By Emma Eversham

Alan Swinson started his professional life as a chef more than 20 years ago and worked his way up through the ranks to become catering director Macdonalds Hotels & Resorts where he oversees Food & Beverage at 42 of the group's properties.

Will Smith, co-owner of Arbutus Restaurant Group

Pearls of Wisdom: Will Smith

By William Drew

The co-owner of Arbutus Restaurant Group opened Les Deux Salons in London's Covent Garden a year ago with Anthony Demetre. They have recently refurbished Soho-based Arbutus.

Elena Arzak

Pearls of Wisdom: Elena Arzak

By Emma Eversham

Elena Arzak is the third generation of chefs to work at Arzak in San Sebastian in Spain. She currently runs the restaurant, number eight on the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Restaurants list, with her father Juan Mari.

David Eyre, whose restaurant Eyre Brothers recently celebrated its 10th birthday

Pearls of Wisdom: David Eyre

By Emma Eversham

David Eyre grew up in the Portuguese colony of Mozambique before coming to the UK to study in his teens and where he has remained ever since. He opened the Eagle in Clerkenwell in 1991 before going on to launch Eyre Brothers, a sandwich bar in east London,...

Pierre Levicky

Pearls of Wisdom: Pierre Levicky

By Joe Lutrario

Frenchman Pierre Levicky had an empire of 147 Pierre Victoire restaurants before the group imploded in 1998. Three years ago he returned to Edinburgh and now operates two restaurants in the city.

Jill Stein was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business for her outstanding achievements within the industry

Pearls of Wisdom: Jill Stein

By Luke Nicholls

Jill Stein is the creative force behind a business empire spanning more than 35 years, with six restaurants, accommodation, a cookery school, a pub, four shops and a separate design company. But just how tough is it for women aiming for the top in the...

Theo Randall celebrates his fifth year at his restaurant at the Intercontinental in London

Pearls of Wisdom: Theo Randall

By Stefan Chomka

Theo Randall started his career at The River Cafe where he remained for 17 years. Next month he celebrates the fifth birthday of his restaurant at the InterContinental on London’s Park Lane.

Carl Weldon, chief executive of the British Association of Hospitality Accountants (BAHA), now HOSPA

Pearls of Wisdom: Carl Weldon

By Emma Eversham

Carl Weldon has worked in finance within the hospitality industry for almost 40 years, counting Forte Hotels, Holiday Inns International and Regal Hotels as former employers. He has been chief executive of the British Association of Hospitality Accountants...

Martin Wishart plans to expand The Honours concept to Glasgow next

Pearls of Wisdom: Martin Wishart

By Joe Lutrario

Michelin-starred Scottish chef Martin Wishart is behind two fine-dining restaurants in Leith and Loch Lomond, as well as the recently opened The Honours in central Edinburgh.

Claudio Pulze, founder of Cuisine Collection and Vinum

Pearls of Wisdom: Claudio Pulze

By Lorraine Heller

Restaurateur Claudio Pulze has been hugely influential in the industry over the last 36 years, opening 50 restaurants including Aubergine, Zafferano and Brasserie St Jacques. He is the founder of restaurant company Cuisine Collection and event caterer...

Marlon Abela, chairman of MARC

Pearls of Wisdom: Marlon Abela

By Joe Lutrario

The man behind Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC) oversees eight top-end restaurants, split between London and New York, as well as the US-based FPB bakery brand.

Monika Linton, founder of Brindisa

Pearls of Wisdom: Monika Linton

By Becky Paskin

In 1988 Monika Linton began importing Spanish wine and cheese to the UK, selling produce to a number of London’s restaurants. Now, over 20 years later, Linton operates a shop at Borough market, a restaurant in South Kensington (Casa Brindisa) and a tapas...

Tom Kerridge runs the Hand & Flowers in Marlow

Pearls of Wisdom: Tom Kerridge

By William Drew

Fresh from triumphing on Great British Menu, the chef-owner of Michelin-starred The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Bucks, is back in his kitchen developing new dishes.

Peter Tyrie has worked in the hotel industry for over 45 years

Pearls of Wisdom: Peter Tyrie

By Becky Paskin

Having been a leading figure in the luxury hotel industry for 45 years, Peter Tyrie has founded and developed three high-end hotel groups, including Gleneagles Hotels, Balmoral International and the Eton Group, which fell into administration after being...

A first time head chef at 24, Sat Bains is now chef-owner of Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham

Pearls of Wisdom: Sat Bains

By William Drew

Recognised as one of the country’s most creative chefs, the notorious Nottingham-based Bains isn’t getting any quieter.