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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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