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How I Got Here: Jamie Barber restaurateur and founder of the London-based Hush Collection

How I Got Here: Jamie Barber

By James McAllister

The restaurateur and founder of the London-based Hush Collection, which operates the Haché and Cabana brands, on the importance of location, challenging industry perceptions and gatecrashing Kylie Minogue's birthday party.

Flash-grilled: Sean Garrett head chef at The Pig & Butcher pub in Islington

Flash-grilled: Sean Garrett

By James McAllister

The head chef at The Pig & Butcher pub in Islington on where to get the best chicken wings in west London, and a dangerous scuba diving escapade in Mexico.

Thamara Mbomyo wine and spirits sommelier at Latin American restaurant Paladar

Uncorked: Thamara Mbomyo

By Joe Lutrario

The wine and spirits sommelier at Southwark Latin American restaurant Paladar on the importance of temperature and showcasing the diversity of Latin American wines and spirits.

Patricia Michelson founder of cheese-focused retailer and café La Fromagerie in London Highbury Marylebone Bloomsbury

How I Got Here: Patricia Michelson

By James McAllister

The founder of cheese-focused retailer and café La Fromagerie, which has sites in London's Highbury, Marylebone and Bloomsbury, on how a disastrous skiing day led her to launch her business.

Matt Weedon head chef at The Feathered Nest in the Cotswolds

Flash-grilled: Matt Weedon

By BigHospitality

The head chef at The Feathered Nest in the Cotswolds reveals which quartet he'd have cook him his last meal and his early food memories of his nan's sandwiches.

Sam Weatherill restaurant manager and sommelier at Etch restaurant in Hove

Uncorked: Sam Weatherill

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager (and wine guru) at Hove’s Etch on the joys of battered oysters with Vecchio Samperi and being mistaken for his boss.

How I Got Here: Zorawar Kalra Indian entrepreneur behind the Massive Restaurants group and founder of Farzi Café on London's Haymarket

How I Got Here: Zorawar Kalra

By James McAllister

The Indian entrepreneur behind the Massive Restaurants group and founder of Farzi Café on London's Haymarket tells us about his career.

Flash-grilled: Simon Shand head chef of the Michelin-starred Leroy in London's Shoreditch

Flash-grilled: Simon Shand

By James McAllister

The head chef of the Michelin-starred Leroy in London's Shoreditch on working as a fish monger, his dream dinner party guests, and what he'd do if he wasn't in kitchens.

Matilda Tsappis Killiecrankie House

Uncorked: Matilda Tsappis

By Joe Lutrario

One half of the duo behind Scotland's Killiecrankie House on championing Chinese wine, peculiar sakes and matching Champagne with Co-op salt and vinegar crisps.

Credit: Ed Schofield

Flash-grilled: Ana Ortiz

By James McAllister

The Galapagos-born chef director at the newly-launched The Mess restaurant at Messums Wiltshire on the delights of fritada, her earliest food memory, and the importance of a work life balance.

How I Got Here Valentina Fois founder vegan cafe bakery Lele's London's Clapton Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars

How I Got Here: Valentina Fois

By James McAllister

The Italian-born chef and founder of London-based vegan cafe and bakery Lele's, who's currently competing on Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars, on her career in hospitality.

l'Enclume sommelier Valentin Mouillard

Uncorked: Valentin Mouillard

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Simon Rogan's flagship L'Enclume on being the grandson of a winemaker in Jura, Austrian natural winemaker Johannes Zillinger and why muscadet needs to be reappraised.

How I Got Here with Richard Thacker Wing Fest founder, who previously led the Randy's Wing Bar brand

How I Got Here: Richard Thacker

By James McAllister

The Wing Fest founder, who previously led the Randy's Wing Bar brand, on leaving restaurants to run food festivals full time, and the challenges of commercial renting in London.

Flash-grilled: Giovann Attard newly-promoted head chef at Norma in London's Fitzrovia

Flash-grilled: Giovann Attard

By James McAllister

The newly-promoted executive head chef at Norma in London's Fitzrovia on his love of gardening, early food memories with his grandparents, and the challenge of working in restaurants

How I Got Here: Mike Davies London-based chef director behind The Camberwell Arms and Mike's Peckham

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How I Got Here: Mike Davies

By James McAllister

The London-based chef director behind The Camberwell Arms and Mike's Peckham on the importance of compromise, championing 'real hospitality', and the meditative qualities of deadlifting.

Flash-grilled: Sarah Hayward

Flash-grilled: Sarah Hayward

By James McAllister

The head chef at Tom Kerridge's The Coach in Marlow on admiration for her boss, a love of Wagamamas and overly green peas.

Credit: Paul Winch-Furness

How I Got Here: Marcello Bernardi

By James McAllister

The restaurateur behind The Italian Greyhound in London's Marylebone on rebranding his business, changing bad attitudes within the industry, and what makes hospitality such a special sector to work in.

Image: Marc Millar

Flash-grilled: Mark Donald

By James McAllister

The executive chef at The Glenturret Lalique restaurant in Crieff on his respect for Albert Adrià, the culinary status of sea urchins, and his mum's lasagne.

Charlotte Page head sommelier Le Comptoir Robuchon

Uncorked: Charlotte Page

By Joe Lutrario

Le Comptoir Robuchon's head sommelier on growing up in Brittany, her love of the wines of the Loire and pushy somms.

How I Got Here with Steve Grocutt founder and owner of The Cornish Bakery

How I Got Here: Steve Grocutt

By James McAllister

The founder and owner of The Cornish Bakery, which has over 50 sites nationwide, on building his business, and his advice to those looking to climb the rungs in hospitality.

Jules Bensacq 28 50 wine restaurant

Uncorked: Jules Bensacq

By Joe Lutrario

The Bordeaux-born group head sommelier at 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen studied viticulture at Château La Tour Blanche in Sauternes and has worked alongside some of France’s best known winemakers.

How I Got Here: John Meadow founder and CEO of New York-based LDV Hospitality

How I Got Here: John Meadow

By James McAllister

The founder and CEO of New York-based LDV Hospitality, which operates Sette in London's Knightsbridge, on building a successful international restaurant and bar group.

Flash-grilled: Luke French

Flash-grilled: Luke French

By James McAllister

The chef behind Jöro in Sheffield, who recently triumphed in the Great British Menu's North East and Yorkshire heat, on childhood memories of eating profiteroles and an unusual dessert-related customer request.

Sommelier Sarah Wright on her wine list at The Mulwray in Soho

Uncorked: Sarah Wright

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at The Mulwray on presiding over one of London’s most eclectic lists and why the concept of Old World versus New World wine should be ditched.

How I Got Here with Paul van Zyl owner of The Conduit and Warehouse in London's Covent Garden

How I Got Here: Paul van Zyl

By James McAllister

The owner of The Conduit and Warehouse in London's Covent Garden on working with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as executive secretary of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the need for solidarity and collaboration within hospitality.

How I Got Here with Lynsey Harley founder and CEO of speciality coffee roaster Modern Standard Coffee

How I Got Here: Lynsey Harley

By James McAllister

The founder and CEO of speciality coffee roaster Modern Standard Coffee on building her career, holidays in Japan, and the importance of being visible to customers.

Flash-grilled with April Jackson owner of Jamaican restaurant Wood & Water in London's Brixton

Flash-grilled: April Jackson

By James McAllister

The owner of Jamaican restaurant Wood & Water in London's Brixton on the importance of humility, how she is inspired by Monica Galetti, and her dream dinner party guests.

Giorgio Scavarelli sommelier of The Beaumont’s The Colony Grill Room

Uncorked: Giorgio Scavarelli

By Joe Lutrario

Hailing from the rolling hills of Piedmont, the sommelier of The Beaumont’s The Colony Grill Room has overseen a major expansion of a hitherto Old World and North America-focused wine list.

How I Got Here with chef/restaurateur and former Gordon Ramsay Group CEO Stuart Gillies

How I Got Here: Stuart Gillies

By James McAllister

The chef/restaurateur and former Gordon Ramsay Group CEO, who recently launched Number Eight in Sevenoaks, Kent, on working for Corbin & King, his travels in Italy, and what motivates him.

Ashley Tinoco head chef Sam's Riverside

Flash-grilled: Ashley Tinoco

By Joe Lutrario

The head chef of Sam’s Riverside in Hammersmith on growing up in Goa, Gordon Ramsay and The Fat Duck.

How I Got Here: Roland Horne

How I Got Here: Roland Horne

By James McAllister

The CEO and founder of coffee chain WatchHouse on his career, motivations, and why there needs to be an open and honest conversation about the economics of hospitality.

Flash-grilled: Regis Cursan Nobu London's executive pastry chef

Flash-grilled: Regis Cursan

By James McAllister

Nobu London's executive pastry chef on his problem with 'posh' doughnuts, and why reading about the history of food is crucial for any chef starting out in the industry.

How I Got Here: Ian Toogood American-born general manager of the D&D London-owned Launceston Place

How I Got Here: Ian Toogood

By James McAllister

The American-born general manager of the D&D London-owned Launceston Place on a life spent working in hospitality, and changing the perception that working in restaurants is not a 'real career'.

Flash-grilled: Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez  Mexican-born head chef at Madera at Treehouse London

Flash-grilled: Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez

By James McAllister

The Mexican-born chef, who is currently overseeing the stoves at Madera at Treehouse London, on her first industry job, her cooking style, and the best restaurant she's ever eaten in.

Daniel Alvarado general manager at Dinings SW3 on his restaurant wine list

Uncorked: Daniel Alvarado

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager at Dinings SW3 on Pétrus 1982, South African Chenin Blanc and spilling Burgundy on somebody's Louboutins.

How I Got Here: Anmarie Spaziano American-born founder of Annie’s Burger Shack

How I Got Here: Anmarie Spaziano

By James McAllister

The American-born founder of Annie’s Burger Shack, which has sites in Nottingham and Derby, on bringing a taste of New England to Britain, and why hospitality is her dream job.

Flash-grilled Tom Booton The Grill at The Dorchester's head chef Chef to Watch Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards

Flash-grilled: Tom Booton

By James McAllister

The Grill at The Dorchester's head chef, who was named Chef to Watch at last year's Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, tells us about his career to date.

Matt Varona beverage manager at MJMK restaurants on his wine list at Kol

Uncorked: Matt Varona

By Joe Lutrario

The beverage manager at MJMK on his wine list at progressive Mexican restaurant Kol, the New Old World and ‘Roman slave juice’.

How I Got Here with Kelly Barnes owner of Krispies in Exmouth chairperson at this year’s Women in Fish and Chips conference in Birmingham

How I Got Here: Kelly Barnes

By James McAllister

The owner of Krispies in Exmouth, who has been named chairperson at this year’s Women in Fish and Chips conference in Birmingham, on building her business, VAT and staffing struggles.

Flash-grilled with Ami Ellis co-chef proprietor of The Bailiwick Free House in Egham Surrey

Flash-grilled: Ami Ellis

By James McAllister

The co-chef proprietor of The Bailiwick Free House in Egham, Surrey, on the industry friends that inspire her and why she'd choose fish and chips as her last meal.

Uncorked with Milena De Waele head of wine at Park Row and Monarch Theatre Batman restaurant Soho

Uncorked: Milena De Waele

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Park Row and Monarch Theatre, the fully immersive DC-inspired multi-faceted restaurant and bar venue in London's Soho, discusses her career.

How I Got Here: Rachel Hugh co-founder of vegan burger group The Vurger Co

How I Got Here: Rachel Hugh

By James McAllister

The co-founder of vegan burger group The Vurger Co on why she gave up a career in fashion to run restaurants, and her vision of changing the fast-food world.

Flash-grilled Sam Carter chef-patron of Restaurant Twenty-Two in Cambridge

Flash-grilled: Sam Carter

By James McAllister

The chef-patron of Restaurant Twenty-Two in Cambridge on memories of his first fine-dining experience, why he chose a career behind the stoves, and why he despises avocado.

How I Got Here with Tim Vasilakis founder and CEO of Greek street food player The Athenian

How I Got Here: Tim Vasilakis

By James McAllister

The founder and CEO of Greek street food player The Athenian on building his business, his love of Leon, and why delivery kitchens need to have collection hubs for customers.

Flash-grilled with Laura Horta operations director of Angelina in London's Dalston and Soho 'kushikatsu' restaurant Dai Chi

Flash-grilled: Laura Horta

By James McAllister

The operations director of Angelina in London's Dalston and Soho 'kushikatsu' restaurant Dai Chi on growing up working in restaurants, why scallops are overrated, and her perfect day off.

Chanel Owen head sommelier Pied à Terre

Uncorked: Chanel Owen

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Fitzrovia stalwart Pied à Terre discusses her love for vintage Champagne and the wines of Slovenian producer Peter Gönc.

How I Got Here with Kent Barker experienced restaurateur and oenophile behind restaurant and wine bar group Wilding

How I Got Here: Kent Barker

By James McAllister

The experienced restaurateur and oenophile behind restaurant and wine bar group Wilding, which has sites in Oxford and Salisbury, on embracing the dynamism and boundless opportunities in hospitality.

Flash-grilled: Paolo Vernetti  head chef and co-founder of community-centred restaurant and bar Morso London

Flash-grilled: Paolo Vernetti

By James McAllister

The head chef and co-founder of community-centred restaurant and bar Morso, which has sites in St John's Wood and Kensal Rise in London, reflects on his career to date.

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