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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.

Dominique Crenn Atelier Crenn Icon Award trophy The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021

Flash-grilled: Dominique Crenn

By James McAllister

The renowned French chef, who received the Icon Award trophy at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 this week, on her earliest food memory, first industry job, and signature dish.

Sarah Helliwell head of wine Wilding restaurant Eight Stony Street

Uncorked: Sarah Helliwell

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Oxford’s Wilding and Frome’s Eight Stony Street on her top three restaurant wine list and her favourite wine producers.

How I Got Here Jez Rawlinson UK general manager of tech-enabled, boutique apartment-hotel company Sonder

How I Got Here: Jez Rawlinson

By James McAllister

The UK general manager of tech-enabled, boutique apartment-hotel company Sonder on his career so far and why he is passionate about working in the hospitality sector.

Flash-grilled: Kenny Tutt chef patron of PITCH, Ox Block and the recently launched Bayside Social on Worthing Beach

Flash-grilled: Kenny Tutt

By James McAllister

The chef patron of PITCH, Ox Block and the recently launched Bayside Social on Worthing Beach, on going from bank manager to MasterChef winner, and learning from Tommy Banks.

How I Got Here: Stuart Turner founder of premium Japanese ingredients and produce supplier SushiSushi

How I Got Here: Stuart Turner

By James McAllister

The founder of premium Japanese ingredients and produce supplier SushiSushi on building his business, his eclectic CV, and why he'd like to see restaurants be 'less faddy'.

Katie Exton sommelier Lorne wine restaurant London Victoria

Uncorked: Katie Exton

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier and restaurateur behind Victoria's Lorne on her list, 1928 Maury and wine's ability to trigger memories.

Vitelio Reyes executive chef Amazonico

Flash-grilled: Vitelio Reyes

By Joe Lutrario

The Venezuelan-born executive chef of Mayfair's Amazonico on his love of Daniel Humm and his dislike for bananas.

How I Got Here with Duncan Edwards co-founder of Four Hundred Rabbits London-based sourdough pizza brand.

How I Got Here: Duncan Edwards

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Four Hundred Rabbits, which recently launched a new flagship location at Elephant Park in Southwark, on building his London-based sourdough pizza brand.

Flash-grilled: Santiago Lastra chef patron Kol Marylebone Best New Restaurant in Europe La Liste

Flash-grilled: Santiago Lastra

By James McAllister

The chef patron of Kol in London's Marylebone, which was named Best New Restaurant in Europe this week by La Liste, reflects on his career to date.

Kelvin McCabe sommelier Hackney Coterie

Uncorked: Kelvin McCabe

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier and co-owner of Hackney Coterie on his policy of working with smaller producers, esoteric varietals, and lesser-known regions and his love of Christophe Baron's The Bionic Frog.

Flash-grilled: Sofian Msetfi Ormer Mayfair new executive chef

Flash-grilled: Sofian Msetfi

By James McAllister

Ormer Mayfair's new executive chef on the industry figure he most admires, what he'd be doing if he wasn't in kitchens, and why he prefers Instagram to Twitter.

How I Got Here with Amar Takhar co-founder of London Dalston restaurant Angelina and Soho cocktail bar Golden Gai

How I Got Here: Amar Takhar

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Angelina in London's Dalston and Soho bar Golden Gai on getting his restaurant start at JKS, the importance of learning self-discipline, and tackling the culture of overworking.

 Mikel López de Viñaspre co-founder and executive chef of the Sagardi Group of Basque restaurants

Flash-grilled: Mikel López de Viñaspre

By BigHospitality

The co-founder and executive chef of the Sagardi Group of Basque restaurants on learning from his grandmother, the need for humility and a dislike of molecular gastronomy.

Sandia Chang sommelier Kitchen Table restaurant

Uncorked: Sandia Chang

By Joe Lutrario

The co-founder of Kitchen Table and Bubbleshop on her love of grower Champagne and growing up in a dry country.

Flash-grilled: Alex Price

Flash-grilled: Alex Price

By James McAllister

The GM and sommelier at recently opened all-day natural wine bar and restaurant Bar Crispin in Soho on the perfect wine pairing for a Big Mac, an affinity with Picasso and her controversial thoughts on fried chicken.

Photo credit: Justin De Souza

How I Got Here: Joe Moore

By James McAllister

The founder of pizza group Crust Bros on fulfilling his dream of becoming a restaurateur, thriving off competition, and why the Government's perception of the hospitality sector needs to change.

Flash-grilled with James Lovatt  head chef at Mark Birchall's Moor Hall Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year

Flash-grilled: James Lovatt

By James McAllister

The head chef at Mark Birchall's Moor Hall, which this week was named the Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year for the second year running, discusses his career.

How I Got Here with Jonathan Kaye general manager of the recently-opened Jolly Gardeners pub in London Vauxhall

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How I Got Here: Jonathan Kaye

By James McAllister

The general manager of the recently-opened Jolly Gardeners pub in Vauxhall on the importance of offering a great front of house experience, and changing people's perceptions of the sector.

Flash-grilled with Bristol-based live fire and BBQ expert Genevieve Taylor who makes her Meatopia London debut in September

Flash-grilled: Genevieve Taylor

By James McAllister

The Bristol-based live fire and BBQ expert, who makes her Meatopia debut in September, on her earliest food memory, her dream dinner party, and the industry figure she most admires.

How I Got Here with London-based French traiteur and delicatessen Colette founder Dimitri Plaquet

How I Got Here: Dimitri Plaquet

By James McAllister

The co-founder of London-based French traiteur and delicatessen Colette on building his gourmet delicatessen business, what motivates him, and his favourite places to eat in London.

Flash-grilled with Pied à Terre executive chef Asimakis Chaniotis

Flash-grilled: Asimakis Chaniotis

By James McAllister

The Pied à Terre executive chef on his first industry job, the industry figure he most admires, and the oddest thing a customer has ever said to him.

How I Got Here with Raquel de Oliveira managing director of of Peruvian restaurants Andina in London's Spitalfields and Ceviche in Soho

How I Got Here: Raquel de Oliveira

By James McAllister

The managing director of Peruvian restaurants Andina in London's Spitalfields and Ceviche in Soho on struggles with staffing, not being fixated on roll outs, and the importance of kindness.

Sommelier Honey Spencer Evelyn’s Table The Palomar

Uncorked: Honey Spencer

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier behind the lists at restaurants including The Palomar and Evelyn’s Table on knocking over a bottle of Clos Rougeard and her top three restaurant wine lists.

Flash-grilled with Harriet Mansell chef behind Robin Wylde and low-intervention wine bar Lilac in Lyme Regis

Flash-grilled: Harriet Mansell

By James McAllister

The West Country-born chef behind Robin Wylde and recently-launched, low-intervention wine bar Lilac in Lyme Regis on her cooking style, Massimo Bottura, and the greatest pizza she's ever eaten.

How I Got Here with Provenance Meat Company co-owner Struan Robertson

How I Got Here: Struan Robertson

By James McAllister

The co-owner of The Provenance Meat Company on becoming a butcher, his best and worst business decisions, and why there needs to be more routes to market for small-scale farmers.

Flash-grilled: Daniel Calvert British chef who recently launched his new restaurant Sézanne at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

Flash-grilled: Daniel Calvert

By James McAllister

The British chef, who recently launched his new restaurant Sézanne at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, on the industry figure he most admires, and the worst review he's ever had.

Photo credit: Bricco e Bacco website

How I Got Here: Roberto Bergamotti

By James McAllister

The co-founder and business director at Fitzrovia-based Sicilian steak restaurant Bricco e Bacco on visits to Sake no Hana, and the importance of believing in and respecting your staff.

Uncorked Romain Bourger The Vineyard

Uncorked: Romain Bourger

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Berkshire's The Vineyard hotel on where and what he drinks when he's not working and his appreciation for Gerald and Nina Basset.

Flash-grilled: Rishim Sachdeva  chef behind 'mostly vegan' pop up restaurant concept Tendril

Flash-grilled: Rishim Sachdeva

By James McAllister

The chef behind 'mostly vegan' pop up restaurant concept Tendril on Gail's, cooking with live fire, and why Donald Trump is his dream dinner party guest.

How I Got Here: Megan Bews general manager of Rudy's pizza in London's Soho

How I Got Here: Megan Bews

By James McAllister

The general manager of Neapolitan pizza brand Rudy’s, which has just launched its first London site in Soho, on Italy, teamwork, and the importance of restaurants paying a living wage.

How I Got Here with co-founder of Mirabeau Wines Jeany Cronk

How I Got Here: Jeany Cronk

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Maison Mirabeau on building her Provençal-based empire, her passion for creativity, and making the world of wine more accessible.

How I Got Here: Fanny Stocker co-founder of Sam’s Riverside and Sam's Larder

How I Got Here: Fanny Stocker

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Sam’s Riverside and Sam's Larder on the troubles with staffing, working with Rebecca Mascarenhas, and how she accidentally ended up working in restaurants.

Flash-grilled with Aqua Shard executive chef and Oro Sushi co-founder Anthony Garlando

Flash-grilled: Anthony Garlando

By James McAllister

The Aqua Shard executive chef, who helped found delivery-only sushi concept Oro earlier this year, on his first industry job, and the best meal he's ever eaten.

How I Got Here with Officina 00 co-founder Enzo Mirto

How I Got Here: Enzo Mirto

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Italian restaurant and pasta workshop Officina 00 on expressing personality through hospitality, and his dream of opening a boutique hotel.

Flash-grilled with Dayashankar Sharma who owns Indian fine-dining restaurant Heritage in West Dulwich

Flash-grilled: Dayashankar Sharma

By James McAllister

The former Grand Trunk Road chef, who now owns Indian fine-dining restaurant Heritage in West Dulwich, on nearly becoming a doctor, and why Nando's is his favourite fast food joint.

How I Got Here with Base Face Pizza founder Tim Thornton

How I Got Here: Tim Thornton

By James McAllister

The founder of the newly launched Base Face Pizza in London's Hammersmith on swapping life as a jazz musician for a career in restaurants.

Photo credit: Justin De Souza

Flash-grilled: Manu Canales

By James McAllister

The chef behind Le Bab, which has just launched a late-night kebab shop on London's Old Street, on his admiration for Keith Floyd, and once being mauled by a bull.

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