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How I Got Here with jackfruit vegan meat producer Jack & Bry co-founder Bryony Tinn-Disbury

How I Got Here: Bryony Tinn-Disbury

By James McAllister

The co-founder of plant-based meat company Jack & Bry, which recently partnered with Prezzo to supply jackfruit pepperoni across the Italian chain's restaurant estate, reflects on her career to date.

Adria Wu Maple & Co chef

Flash-grilled: Adria Wu

By Joe Lutrario

The chef behind healthy eating concept Maple & Co on her dislike of foams and a near death experience in Hong Kong.

Flash-grilled with The Dorchester's executive chef Mario Perera

Flash-grilled: Mario Perera

By James McAllister

The Dorchester's executive chef on his love of tasting menus, memories of his mother's cooking, and remembering Paul Bocuse.

How I Got Here with Sipful canned cocktails founder Emily Darwell

How I Got Here: Emily Darwell

By James McAllister

The founder of Sipful on creating her canned cocktails business, the importance of family support, and Sundays spent eating 'eccentric' fish finger sandwiches.

Flash-grilled with Yasuda Akinori  head chef at recently-launched sushi restaurant Sumi in Notting Hill Endo Kazutoshi

Flash-grilled: Yasuda Akinori

By James McAllister

The head chef at recently-launched sushi restaurant Sumi in Notting Hill on learning his craft from his father, getting his start in the industry, and his love of the seaside.

How I Got Here with Lily Bovey co-founder of 'climate positive' burger brand GROUND Ethical Butcher STAKEhaus

How I Got Here: Lily Bovey

By James McAllister

The founder of STAKEhaus, who has just launched 'climate positive' burger brand GROUND with The Ethical Butcher, on her love of the street food scene and hopes for a more sustainable future.

Elia Sebregondi head chef and co-owner at Italian restaurant and pasta workshop Officina 00

Flash-grilled: Elia Sebregondi

By James McAllister

The head chef and co-owner at Italian restaurant and pasta workshop Officina 00 on giving respect to kitchen porters, his love of simplicity and a bitter first food memory.

How I Got Here Margriet Vandezande-Crump co-owner The Greyhound in Beaconsfield One to Watch Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs

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How I Got Here: Margriet Vandezande-Crump

By James McAllister

The Belgium co-owner of The Greyhound in Beaconsfield, which was recently named ‘One to Watch’ at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs, reflects on her career to date.

How I got here: Andrew Macleod founder Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

How I got here: Andrew Macleod

By James McAllister

The founder and managing director of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta on having to work smarter, the joys of cold water swimming and why the Swiss have the right attitude towards a career in hospitality.

How I Got Here with director of Sheffield restaurants Jöro and Konjö Stacey Sherwood-French

How I Got Here: Stacey Sherwood-French

By James McAllister

The director of Sheffield restaurants Jöro and Konjö on the challenges and rewards of hospitality, and why there should be more focus on championing the next generation of business leaders.

Flash-grilled with The Ivy's executive chef Gary Lee

Flash-grilled: Gary Lee

By James McAllister

The Ivy's executive chef on his love of boxing, memories of eating at Alain Ducasse's Benoit in Paris, and watching Mark Hix on Great British Menu.

How I Got Here with Hoxton Bakehouse founding director Darren Bland

How I Got Here: Darren Bland

By James McAllister

The founding director of Hoxton Bakehouse, which operates five locations across the UK with at least two more in the pipeline, reflects on his career to date.

Flash-grilled with Shay Cooper chef-patron of Julie’s in London's Holland Park

Flash-grilled: Shay Cooper

By James McAllister

The chef-patron of Julie’s in London's Holland Park on his admiration for Joël Robuchon, being reviewed by Jan Moir, and nearly choking to death on a piece of bacon.

How I Got Here with Kipferl restaurant Islington founder Hubert Zanier

How I Got Here: Hubert Zanier

By James McAllister

The owner of Austrian restaurant Kipferl in Islington on ditching his life as a banker to pursue a career in hospitality, and what he would change about London's restaurant scene.

Flash-grilled: Masaki Sugisaki executive chef and co-founder of Dinings SW3

Flash-grilled: Masaki Sugisaki

By James McAllister

The executive chef and co-founder of Dinings SW3 on his admiration of Nobu Matsuhisa, his love of Instagram, and why he can't stand whistling in his kitchen.

Flash-grilled: Gavin Edney

Flash-grilled: Gavin Edney

By James McAllister

The group head chef for The Elder in Bath and The Woodsman in Stratford upon Avon on starting out in kitchens at 15 and his love of wild British ingredients.

Richard Green founder Eurogroup SAS Riviera Restaurants and Luxury Ltd London-based wine bar and restaurant group 28-50

How I Got Here: Richard Green

By James McAllister

The owner of London-based wine bar and restaurant group 28-50 reflects on his career to date, which has seen him establish a portfolio of hospitality businesses across the UK and Europe.

Flash-grilled with former Gordon Ramsay Group alumnus and Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden head chef Michael Carr

Flash-grilled: Michael Carr

By James McAllister

The former Gordon Ramsay Group alumnus, who now oversees the stoves of Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden, on childhood Christmas dinners, working in pubs, and his love of Sunday Brunch.

How I Got Here with sommelier and Bubbledogs co-founder Sandia Chang

How I Got Here: Sandia Chang

By James McAllister

The sommelier and Bubbledogs co-founder reflects on her career to date, what motives her, and what advice she would give to those looking to make it in the business.

Flash-grilled: chef Marwa Alkhalaf co-owner Nutshell Iranian restaurant London Covent Garden

Flash-grilled: Marwa Alkhalaf

By James McAllister

The co-owner of Iranian restaurant Nutshell in London on what it means to be a good chef, and why she regrets not pursuing it as career from a younger age.

How I Got Here with former The Wolseley and Isabel maître d’ James Gummer who owns 7 Saints in Notting Hill

How I Got Here: James Gummer

By James McAllister

Former The Wolseley and Isabel maître d’ James Gummer, who now owns Notting Hill restaurant 7 Saints, on what motivates him and his love of pubs.

Flash grilled with Masterchef: The Professionals finalist and Bob Bob Ricard head chef Tom Peters

Flash-grilled: Tom Peters

By James McAllister

The former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist, who took over the stoves at Bob Bob Ricard last year, on how he got his start in the industry and his long-held admiration of Thomas Keller.

Flash-grilled with Great British Menu Champion of Champions Lorna McNew head chef of Glasgow’s Cail Bruich

Flash-grilled: Lorna McNee

By James McAllister

The Great British Menu 'Champion of Champions', who took over as head chef of Glasgow’s Cail Bruich restaurant last year, on working with Andrew Fairlie and her dream dinner party guest list.

Flash-grilled with Pali Hill head chef Avinash Shashidhara London Indian restaurant

Flash-grilled: Avinash Shashidhara

By James McAllister

The head chef of recently launched Fitzrovia restaurant Pali Hill on dining at Italy's Trattoria Caprini, and why he'd be a surgeon if he wasn't in kitchens.

Demetri Tomazos Bone Daddies co-founder Japanese cuisine

How I Got Here: Demetri Tomazos

By Joe Lutrario

The co-founder of ramen group Bone Daddies on growing up in the business, his love of Italian food and his dream of being a drummer in a rock band.

The head chef of Cornerstone restaurant James Toth

Flash-grilled: James Toth

By James McAllister

The head chef of Cornerstone in Hackney Wick on liking the limelight, hating negativity and a memorable meal at The Ledbury.

JKS Restaurants Gymkhana Trishna director Sunaina Sethi on working with her bothers, making hospitality a more attractive career move, and her love...

How I Got Here: Sunaina Sethi

By James McAllister

The JKS Restaurants director on working with her bothers, making hospitality a more attractive career move, and her love of Eastenders.

Flash-grilled with The Silver Birch head chef Kimberley Hernandez formerly at XU in London’s Chinatown and Kym’s in the City

Flash-grilled: Kimberley Hernandez

By James McAllister

Chef Kimberley Hernandez, who previously oversaw the stoves at XU in London’s Chinatown and Kym’s in the City, now heads up the kitchen of Chiswick's recently opened The Silver Birch.

How I Got Here with La Tua Pasta owner Nicolas Hanson

How I Got Here: Nicolas Hanson

By James McAllister

Nicolas Hanson owns Borough Market-based pasta supplier La Tua Pasta, who pivoted his business and launched an online shop with nationwide delivery in the wake of the pandemic.

Adrian Hernandez Farina Coal Rooms head chef

Flash-grilled: Adrian Hernandez Farina

By James McAllister

New York-born chef Adrian Hernandez Farina has previously cooked at Hawksmoor, Smokestak and Chiltern Firehouse. He previously took over the stoves at the Coal Rooms in London's Peckham.

How I Got Here chief executive Crockers Luke Garnsworthy former chef de partie at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

How I Got Here: Luke Garnsworthy

By James McAllister

Luke Garnsworthy, previously chef de partie at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, is the founder of fine dining group Crockers, which operates restaurants in Tring and Henley.

Gaia Enria founder of Burro e Salvia pasta restaurant Redchurch Street Shoreditch

Flash-grilled: Gaia Enria

By James McAllister

The Italian-born founder of Burro e Salvia, which opened on Redchurch Street, Shoreditch in 2013, on leading the current fresh pasta craze in the capital and how a trip to Modena changed her life.

Flash-grilled with Taiji Maruyama Japanese restaurant Taka London Marylebone

Flash-grilled: Taiji Maruyama

By James McAllister

Taiji Maruyama is executive chef at Japanese restaurant Taka, which recently opened its second London site in Marylebone.

Flash-grilled with Aquavit head chef Jorjon Colazo

Flash-grilled: Jorjon Colazo

By James McAllister

Chef Jorjon Colazo oversees the stoves at the Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant Aquavit in London's St. James's.

How I Got Here: Lawrence Huggler

How I Got Here: Lawrence Huggler

By James McAllister

Lawrence Huggler owns the Jersey-based Huggler Hotels. His portfolio includes The Club Hotel & Spa in St. Helier, which is home to the Michelin-starred Bohemia restaurant.

Merlin Labron-Johnson Osip restaurant Bruton fergus Henderson

Flash grilled: Merlin Labron-Johnson

By James McAllister

The chef proprietor of Osip in Bruton and former Portland chef on his admiration for Fergus Henderson, almost getting run over and wanting Simon Hopkinson to cook him his final meal.

Flash-grilled with Koya co-founder and chef Shuko Oda

Flash-grilled: Shuko Oda

By James McAllister

Shuko Oda is co-founder and chef at udon noodle restaurant Koya, which operates two London locations in Soho and The City, and is currently celebrating its 10th birthday.

Stephen Tozer co-founder of London-based kebab restaurants Le Bab, Maison Bab and Kebab Queen

How I Got Here: Stephen Tozer

By James McAllister

Stephen Tozer is the co-founder of London-based kebab restaurants Le Bab, Maison Bab and Kebab Queen.

Flash-grilled with Crispin restaurant Spitalfields head chef Naz Hassan

Flash-grilled: Naz Hassan

By James McAllister

Naz Hassan is head chef at Crispin, an all-day restaurant in London's Spitalfields area that serves an eclectic small plates menu of Italian-focused dishes, alongside speciality coffee and low-intervention wines.

How I Got Here: Jacqueline Gear restaurant director general manager Michelin-starred The Artichoke

How I Got Here: Jacqueline Gear

By James McAllister

Jacqueline Gear co-owns Michelin-starred restaurant The Artichoke in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, with her husband Laurie Gear.

Flash-grilled with Ali Nia GM and partner at The Drunken Butler in Farringdon former Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Flash-grilled: Ali Nia

By James McAllister

Former Restaurant Gordon Ramsay GM Ali Nia was recently appointed as general manager and partner at The Drunken Butler in Farringdon.

Flash-grilled with former El Bulli and Pujol chef Adriana Cavita

Flash-grilled: Adriana Cavita

By James McAllister

Mexican-born chef Adriana Cavita, who previously cooked at El Bulli in Spain and Pujol in Mexico City (the latter currently ranked 12 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list), is set to takeover the kitchen at Hotbox Shoreditch for a series of dinners...

Sameer Taneja executive chef at Indian restaurant Benares in Mayfair

Flash-grilled: Sameer Taneja

By James McAllister

The executive chef at Indian restaurant Benares in Mayfair on his admiration for Pierre Koffmann, wanting to be a stand-up comedian and his dislike of smart phones.

How I Got Here with Creams CEO and co-founder Adam Mani

How I Got Here: Adam Mani

By James McAllister

Adam Mani is the co-founder and CEO of the 90-strong desert parlour brand Creams.

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Flash-grilled: Will Devlin

By Joe Lutrario

The chef owner of The Small Holding in Kildown, Kent, and The Curlew in Bodiam, East Sussex, on dodgy Tripadvisor reviews, tasting menus and avocados.

How I Got Here with Lunar Pub Company co-founder Hubert Beatson-Hird

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How I Got Here: Hubert Beatson-Hird

By James McAllister

Restaurateur Hubert Beatson-Hird is owner director of the Lunar Pub Company, which he founded with chef Oliver Marlowe.

Executive chef at Ormer Mayfair dancing, Great British Menu and what he thinks is the most overrated food

Flash-grilled: Kerth Gumbs

By James McAllister

The executive chef at Ormer Mayfair on his love of dancing, Great British Menu and what he thinks is the most overrated food.

How I Got Here with Top Cuvée co-founder Brodie Meah

How I Got Here: Brodie Meah

By James McAllister

Brodie Meah is the co-founder of lively neighbourhood-style restaurant Top Cuvée, which recently launched a permanent retail space just around the corner from its restaurant mothership in London's Highbury.

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