Profiles

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.

Luca Dusi owner of Shoreditch Italian wine bar and restaurant Passione Vino

Uncorked: Luca Dusi

By Joe Lutrario

The Italian wine maestro behind Shoreditch’s Passione Vino on the importance of working with the right vignerons and his love of Italian cheeses paired with French whites.

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How I Got Here: James Kindred

By James McAllister

The co-founder of alcohol-free craft beer brand Big Drop on building his business, proving people wrong, and the joy of sitting in a small, quiet pub.

Flash-grilled: Marco Pierre White

Flash-grilled: Marco Pierre White

By James McAllister

The acclaimed chef, who is currently offering a vegetarian cooking course through BBC Maestro, discusses his career and gives us his recipe for baked celeriac with cheese and truffle

Gianluca D'Angelo Zia Luca

How I Got Here: Gianluca D'Angelo

By BigHospitality

The co-founder of Zia Lucia and Berto Zia on his passion for Italian food and why those looking to climbs the rungs need edge and an original idea.

Flash-grilled with Sanjeev Kapoor renowned Indian chef who runs Yellow Chilli in London's Wembley,

Flash-grilled: Sanjeev Kapoor

By James McAllister

The renowned Indian chef, who runs Yellow Chilli in London's Wembley, on his first industry job, memories of making roti with his parents, and the importance of understanding your strengths.

Gino Nardella Master Sommelier The Stafford London hotel

Uncorked: Gino Nardella

By Joe Lutrario

The Master Sommelier has overseen the cellar at The Stafford London for 35 years. He retires next year but will stay on at the St James's hotel in a mentoring and ambassadorial role.

Flash-grilled with American chef and 'pizza czar' Anthony Falco

Flash-grilled: Anthony Falco

By James McAllister

The American chef and 'pizza czar', who recently launched Detroit-style square pizza concept Four Corners at The Hoxton, Holborn's rotating residency restaurant Rondo La Cave, tells us about his career.

How I Got Here Jay Patel co-founder of Legare in London Bridge

How I Got Here: Jay Patel

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Legare in London Bridge on why he got into restaurants, ditching social media, and the problems with normalising toxic behaviour in the sector.

Shaulan Steenson executive chef Temaki

Flash-grilled: Shaulan Steenson

By Joe Lutrario

The executive chef of Brixton's Temaki on the importance of a sustainable approach and why there's nowhere to hide when it comes to sushi.

James Banks The Black Swan wine

Uncorked: James Banks

By Joe Lutrario

The co-owner of The Black Swan at Oldstead and Roots York on his unusually flexible wine offer and his policy of training his entire front of house team to recommend and serve wine.

How I Got Here with Télémaque Argyriou founder of contemporary Greek restaurant Kalimera in London's Crouch End

How I Got Here: Télémaque Argyriou

By James McAllister

The founder of contemporary Greek restaurant Kalimera in London's Crouch End on building his business, and why the sector is too attached to the big delivery companies.

Bradley Tomlinson sommelier Leroy restaurant

Uncorked: Bradley Tomlinson

By Joe Lutrario

The former playwright and stand-up comedian that now leads the wine programme at Shoreditch’s Leroy on his clumsy ways and his love of Barbaresco.

Flash-grilled with Lucy Timm head chef of  Provençal-rooted London restaurant Royale

Flash-grilled: Lucy Timm

By James McAllister

The head chef of Provençal-rooted London restaurant Royale on her love of music and how it complements her cooking, and the time she was nearly caught up in a tornado.

Barletta restaurant Margate founder Natalia Ribbe on wine

Uncorked: Natalia Ribbe

By Joe Lutrario

The founder of the Ladies Of Restaurants collective and Margate's Barletta restaurant on spilling Champagne over mafiosa types and her inclusive list that champions female wine producers.

How I Got Here with Katie Cross founder of Exeter-based vegan bakery Cake or Death

How I Got Here: Katie Cross

By James McAllister

The founder of Exeter-based, vegan bakery Cake or Death on building her business, struggles with commercial property, and the need for a more inclusive environment in kitchens.

Flash-grilled with Where The Light Gets In chef Sam Buckley

Flash-grilled: Sam Buckley

By James McAllister

The Where The Light Gets In chef, who is set to launch a multifaceted restaurant space called Yellowhammer in Stockport’s old town next month, tells us about his career.

How I Got Here John Pallagi former restaurateur who now runs heritage butcher and meat supplier business Farmison & Co

How I Got Here: John Pallagi

By James McAllister

The former restaurateur who now runs heritage butcher and meat supplier business Farmison & Co on his career to date, and why restaurants must embrace the digital world.

Tes Ryu sushi counter head chef at Alexis Gauthier’s vegan restaurant 123V

Flash-grilled: Tes Ryu

By James McAllister

The sushi counter head chef at Alexis Gauthier’s vegan restaurant 123V on simplicity in cooking and why her knives are so precious.

How I Got Here with Ratnesh Bagdai co-founder of Spanish group Brindisa,

How I Got Here: Ratnesh Bagdai

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Spanish group Brindisa, which recently launched its first restaurant outside of central London in Richmond, on his career, motivations, and thoughts on the service charge debate.

Flash-grilled: Stefan Cosser co-founder of  Restaurant Brands Collective former The Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen chef

Flash-grilled: Stefan Cosser

By James McAllister

The chef and food development consultant who helped launch Restaurant Brands Collective last year on working at The Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen, and why foams in cooking are overrated.

How I Got Here with Arya Razi founder of Mexican-inspired restaurant and bar Caldera in London's Hackney

How I Got Here: Arya Razi

By James McAllister

The founder of Mexican-inspired restaurant and bar Caldera in London's Hackney on sustainability, growing up working in his father's restaurants, and what motivates him.

Meg Greenacre group head chef at vegan restaurant group Erpingham House

Flash-grilled: Meg Greenacre

By James McAllister

The group head chef at vegan restaurant group Erpingham House on her respect for Michel Roux Jr, a disastrous dessert incident, and why she'd ban animal products.

How I Got Here: Helen Hall Peckham Cellar's co-founder

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How I Got Here: Helen Hall

By James McAllister

The Peckham Cellar's co-founder on opening a wine bar during a pandemic, getting her start in the sector, and why hospitality can be the best job in the world.

Flash-grilled with Michael Kwan head pastry chef at the Hotel Café Royal in London's Piccadilly Coup de Monde de la Patisserie

Flash-grilled: Michael Kwan

By James McAllister

The head pastry chef at the Hotel Café Royal in London's Piccadilly, who recently impressed at the Coup de Monde de la Patisserie in France, discusses his career to date.

How I Got Here with Little Dish founder Hillary Graves

How I Got Here: Hillary Graves

By James McAllister

The food entrepreneur and Little Dish founder on building her business, and the need for higher nutritional standards in children’s food manufacturing.

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