Profiles

Giraffe founders Juliette and Russel Joffe

Business profile: Giraffe

By Paul Wootton

Giraffe founders Russel and Juliette Joffe talk about  how they built the Giraffe brand into a premier family-led business

Rupert Clevely, founder of Geronimo Inns

pub & bar

Business Profile: Rupert Clevely of Geronimo Inns

By Paul Wootton

Geronimo Inns has eschewed a one-size-fits-all approach to pubs, opting instead to tailor each of its 28 sites to its location. And it's working, according to its founder Rupert Clevely

Peter Avis, restaurant manager of Babylon at the Roof Gardens

Peter Avis's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

The restaurant manager of Virgin-operated Babylon at the Roof Gardens speaks to Becky Paskin about how elocution lessons and a passion for goold-old American hospitality helped him become the Academy of Food and Wine's Restaurant Manger of the Year

Stephen Williams worked at The  Square and The Ledbury before  moving to The Harwood Arms

Stephen Williams's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Stephen Williams, head chef of The Harwood Arms in Fulham, was close to quitting life as a chef before he’d even begun, but six years later he’s receiving glorious reviews and awards for his very-British gastropub. Speaking to Becky Paskin in our latest...

Lisa Allen is one of the north's leading female head chefs

Lisa Allen’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

As one of the north’s leading female head chefs, Lisa Allen of the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor in Lancashire reveals the lengths she’ll go to, to remain competitive amongst her male peers, in our latest BigTalent profile

Thomas Helyer, the 2009 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef of the Year

Thomas Helyer's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

After a hurdle-ridden and troublesome education, Thomas Helyer, the 2009 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Commis Chef of the Year, told Becky Paskin how he ditched the chalkboard for the chopping block, and turned his life around

Marcello and Carlo di Stefano Photograph: Suzanne Mitchell

Business profile: San Carlo

By Paul Wootton

Food, atmosphere, hard work and passion have helped San Carlo become one of the most successful family-owned restaurant companies in the UK – and landed them a franchise deal with one of the Middle East’s richest companies

Oliver Lesnik's BigTalent

Oliver Lesnik's BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Oliver Lesnik, executive head chef of Langtrys at The Cadogan hotel in Belgravia, tells Becky Paskin how after years of perseverance and experience working with some of the best British chefs, his passion for a life in the kitchen has flourished

Business profile: D&D London

Business profile: D&D London

By Paul Wootton

D&D London has ambitious expansion plans in spite of the troubled economy. Its chairman and MD explain how theyre weathering the storm

Laura Rhys’s BigTalent

Laura Rhys’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

Just weeks after winning the 2009 UK Sommelier of the Year, Hotel Terravina’s head sommelier Laura Rhys tells Becky Paskin how having Gerard Basset as a mentor has helped her career take off

Business profile: Benugo

Business profile: Benugo

By Paul Wootton

Warner brothers presents a group of bespoke restaurants in public spaces and a ground-breaking chain of sandwich bars. So how did the Benugo boys do it?

Gavin Austin’s BigTalent

Gavin Austin’s BigTalent

By Becky Paskin

After working in 14 different restaurants including L’Escargot and Ramsay’s Amaryllis, Gavin Austin tells Becky Paskin how his experiences have prepared him to lead the No.20 at Sanctum Soho kitchen