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 Fuller, co-founder of Concept Venues

Pearls of Wisdom: Mark Fuller

By Becky Paskin

The co-founder of Concept Venues, the umbrella company for global brands Embassy nightclubs, Sanctum Hotels and Geales restaurants, is about to embark upon a period of mass expansion. This year alone he is set to open Embassy Dubai at the Grosvenor House...

Angela Hartnett bought Murano from GRH in October last year

Pearls of Wisdom: Angela Hartnett

By William Drew

The UK’s leading female chef recently bought her restaurant, Murano, from GRH and has reopened The Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room in London.

Russell Norman, co-owner of Polpo

Pearls of Wisdom: Russell Norman

By Becky Paskin

Russell Norman, former operations director at Caprice Holdings, has achieved critical acclaim with his first three restaurants Polpo, Polpetto and Spuntino, opened with business partner Richard Beatty. The pair are now on the verge of opening their fourth...

Andrew Fairlie holds two Michelin stars for Gleneagles in Scotland

Pearls of Wisdom: Andrew Fairlie

By Joe Lutrario

The only chef working in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars, Fairlie operates his eponymous restaurant at Gleneagles hotel and golf course.

Mickael Weiss, executive head chef at the Coq d’Argent

Pearls of Wisdom: Mickael Weiss

By Lorraine Heller

Mickael Weiss has been executive head chef at the City restaurant Coq d’Argent for a decade, after a career climbing the ranks in establishments like Le Gavroche, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, The Walnut Tree Inn and The Intercontinental.

Charlie McVeigh hopes to open his fourth Draft House pub in September

Pearls of Wisdom: Charlie McVeigh

By Becky Paskin

The founder of pub group The Draft House is on his way to opening his fourth pub in under two years. He is also co-owner of high end Notting Hill restaurant Le Café Anglais.

Michael Caines is also executive chef for Andrew Brownsword's Abode Hotels

Pearls of Wisdom: Michael Caines

By Joe Lutrario

Trained under Raymond Blanc and Joël Robuchon, Michael Caines is operational partner, director and executive chef at both Devon’s Gidleigh Park and The Bath Priory in Bath.

Ronan Sayburn has been director of wines for Hotel du Vin for 15 months

Pearls of Wisdom: Ronan Sayburn

By Becky Paskin

The Master Sommelier has been Hotel du Vin’s director of wine for 15 months, and previously oversaw the wine offer at Gordon Ramsay Holdings for eight years. He recently appeared on Michel Roux’s Service programme for BBC2, and is now concentrating on...

Yotam Ottolenghi will open Nopi later this month

Pearls of Wisdom: Yotam Ottolenghi

By Joe Lutrario

Born in Israel, Ottolenghi worked as a journalist before heading to the UK in 1998 to study at the Cordon Bleu. He oversees four Ottolenghi branches in London, while his new restaurant, Nopi, opens in Soho later this month.

Michel Roux Jr: Promoting front of house careers in new TV show

Pearls of Wisdom: Michel Roux Jr

By Becky Paskin

The celebrity chef and owner of Le Gavroche recently opened Roux at the Landau with father Albert, following the launch of Roux at Parliament Square earlier this year. He made his TV mark on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals in 2008, but is now fronting...

Andrew Pern, chef/proprietor at The Star Inn at Harome

Pearls of Wisdom: Andrew Pern

By Joe Lutrario

Yorkshire-born and bred, Pern won a Roux scholarship prior to opening The Star Inn at Harome in 1996, aged just 25. Currently the Morning Advertiser’s Gastropub of the Year, it has held a Michelin star for 10 years.

James Gingell heads up the kitchen teams in 22 Piccolino sites

Pearls of Wisdom: James Gingell

James Gingell is executive development chef at Italian restaurant group Piccolino. He heads up the kitchen teams in 22 sites, and plans to keep re-inventing the dishes and brand.

Wolfgang Puck is one of America's most popular chefs

Pearls of Wisdom: Wolfgang Puck

By Joe Lutrario

Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck is among America’s most influential chefs. He now operates 17 fine dining restaurants including the two-star Spago in LA, and is set to open steakhouse restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane next summer.

Mark Sainsbury, co-owner of Moro and The Zetter Hotel

Pearls of Wisdom: Mark Sainsbury

By William Drew

Mark Sainsbury is the co-owner of Moro and The Zetter hotel – both in Clerkenwell, London – with the latter housing the much-celebrated Bistrot Bruno Loubet. He also set up the Sustainable Restaurant Association earlier this year

Claire Clark hopes to open her own restaurant next spring

Pearls of Wisdom: Claire Clark

By Becky Paskin

The former pastry chef at Napa Valley’s The French Laundry has been running a pop-up patisserie at Harvey Nichols in London, and has hopes of opening her own dessert-focused restaurant concept in Mayfair next year

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