Profiles

Flash grilled with former Pujol restaurant in Mexico City chef Nick Fitzgerald Tacos Padre.

Flash-grilled: Nick Fitzgerald

By James McAllister

Chef Nick Fitzgerald, who previously cooked at Pujol in Mexico City (currently ranked 12 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list), now runs Borough Market-based taqueria Tacos Padre.

How I Got Here with Modern Greek Food Group CEO Andreas Labridis

How I Got Here: Andreas Labridis

By James McAllister

Former investment banker Andreas Labridis is CEO of the Modern Greek Food Group, which operates Opso in London's Marylebone; PITTABUN in Soho; and the two Michelin-starred Funky Gourmet in Athens.

Flash-grilled: Suhyung Lee senior sous chef at London’s Taiwanese hot spot BAO and Soho’s XU

Flash-grilled: Suhyung Lee

By James McAllister

Suhyung Lee is senior sous chef at London’s Taiwanese hot spot BAO and Soho’s XU. This Thursday (10 September) he'll be hosting a one-night-only guest takeover at Crispin in Spitalfields.

How I Got Here with Cambridge Distillery co-founder William Lowe

How I Got Here: William Lowe

By James McAllister

William Lowe is the co-founder and master distiller for gin producer and supplier Cambridge Distillery.

Flash-grilled: Tom Barnes

Flash-grilled: Tom Barnes

By James McAllister

The executive chef at Rogan & Co on the importance of learning the basics, his admiration for Michel Roux and banning Tripadvisor.

How I Got Here with Golden Union co-founder and director Kerry Brennan

How I Got Here: Kerry Brennan

By James McAllister

Kerry Brennan is the co-founder and director of 'quintessential British chippy' Golden Union in London's Soho.

Flash-grilled with Racine restaurant chef Henry Harris London pop up Chelsea Physic Gardens

Flash-grilled: Henry Harris

By James McAllister

The renowned chef was back in the capital this weekend to briefly revive his legendary London restaurant Racine, with a one day pop up hosted by Company of Cooks at the historic Chelsea Physic Gardens.

How I Got Here with Uncle John's Bakery CEO Samuel Mensah

How I Got Here: Samuel Mensah

By James McAllister

Samuel Mensah is the CEO of London-based Ghanaian bakery business Uncle John's, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Flash-grilled with Tomas Lidakevicius former City Social executive chef Turnips Borough

Flash-grilled: Tomas Lidakevicius

By James McAllister

Former City Social executive chef Tomas Lidakevicius recently partnered with family-run Borough Market stall holder Turnips to launch a new al fresco restaurant space.

How I Got Here with Bancone co-founder Will Ellner

How I Got Here: Will Ellner

By James McAllister

Will Ellner operates two London sites under his pasta-focused restaurant group Bancone, with its Soho location recently reopening following the Coronavirus lockdown.

Flash-grilled with Seabird head chef Javier Duarte

Flash-grilled: Javier Duarte

By James McAllister

Former Barrafina head chef Javier Duarte recently took over the stoves at Seabird, the swanky hotel restaurant located on the 14th floor of The Hoxton in London's Southwark.

How I Got Here with James White Drinks managing director and owner Lawrence Mallinson

How I Got Here: Lawrence Mallinson

By James McAllister

Lawrence Mallinson is the managing director and owner of James White Drinks, makers of the Beet It, Big Tom and James White juices.

Flash-grilled with Xier chef owner Carlo Scotto

Flash-grilled: Carlo Scotto

By James McAllister

Carlo Scotto is the chef owner of 'double-billed fine and casual dining' Modern European restaurant Xier in London's Marylebone.

Flash-grilled Manteca chef cofounder Chris Leach

Flash-grilled: Chris Leach

By James McAllister

Former Petersham Nurseries chef Chris Leach launched the recently reopened Manteca with Smokestak’s David Carter late last year, having established the concept during a four-month residency at 10 Heddon Street.

Flash-grilled: Sandra Leong

Flash-grilled: Sandra Leong

By BigHospitality

Sandra Leong is the UK director of Singaporean restaurant Old Chang Kee, which has two central London locations

Elizabeth Forkuoh Gold Service Scholarship winner Gleneagles

Flash-grilled: Elizabeth Forkuoh

By Joe Lutrario

The winner of the 2020 Gold Service Scholarship on why she chose to work in restaurants, her pet hate in the dining room and the industry figure she most admires.

Flash-grilled: Angelo Sato

Flash-grilled: Angelo Sato

By James McAllister

Chef Angelo Sato, who has previously cooked at a number of restaurants in New York and Tokyo, now operates grab-and-go sushi concept Omoide in London's Bermondsey.

Photo credit: Jack Lewis Williams

Flash-grilled: Mark Wogan

By James McAllister

Working with his brother Alan, Mark Wogan runs pizza-by-the-slice group Homeslice, which as well as recently reopening for delivery, has also launched a take and bake service across the capital.

How I Got Here with former Benugo owner Hugo Warner

How I Got Here: Hugo Warner

By James McAllister

Former Benugo owner Hugo Warner recently founded Hackney-based 'hospitality driven workspace' The Fisheries

flash grilled with former Eleven Madison Park chef Matthew Whitfield

Flash-grilled: Matthew Whitfield

By James McAllister

Former Eleven Madison Park chef Matthew Whitfield now oversees the stoves at the Terrace restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel in Brockenhurst.

Flash-grilled with Zuma London executive chef Marco Calenzo

Flash-grilled: Marco Calenzo

By James McAllister

Marco Calenzo is executive chef at the high-end, modern-Japanese restaurant Zuma in London's Knightsbridge

Flash-grilled with chef and MasterChef finalist Andrew Kojima

Flash-grilled: Andrew Kojima

By James McAllister

British-Japanese chef Andrew Kojima - who owns Cheltenham-based casual dining Japanese restaurant Koj, and previously competed on MasterChef - talks about life in lockdown, and his problem with oysters.

Flash-grilled: Jean- Philippe Blondet

Flash-grilled: Jean-Philippe Blondet

By James McAllister

Jean-Philippe Blondet - who holds the position of executive chef at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester - reflects on his career, and tells us what he's been up to while in lockdown.

How I Got Here with Morty & Bob's founder Charlie Phillips

How I Got Here: Charlie Phillips

By James McAllister

Charlie Phillips, who cut his teeth as a commis chef at The River Café, is the founder of premium fast-casual restaurant brand and grilled-cheese specialist Morty & Bob’s

Flash-grilled with The Wilderness restaurant Alex Claridge

Flash-grilled: Alex Claridge

By James McAllister

The chef owner of The Wilderness restaurant in Birmingham on childhood memories of eating Milkybars, and what he thinks the key to home cookery is.

How I Got Here with baker and Poilâne CEO Apollonia Poilâne

How I Got Here: Apollonia Poilâne

By James McAllister

Apollonia Poilâne is a third-generation baker and CEO of Poilâne, which operates a handful of bakeries and restaurants across Paris and London.

Flash-grilled with chef James Cochran

Flash-grilled: James Cochran

By James McAllister

The chef patron of Islington restaurant 12:51 talks about how he's keeping busy while in lockdown, and relives the horror of the first time he made his girlfriend dinner at home.

How I Got Here with chef and restaurateur Rohit Ghai

How I Got Here: Rohit Ghai

By James McAllister

A former chef at some of London's leading Indian restaurants, Rohit Ghai opened his first solo restaurant, Kutir, in 2018.

How I Got Here with ROBATA Soho founder Sonny Huang

How I Got Here: Sonny Huang

By James McAllister

Sonny Huang is the founder of contemporary Japanese restaurant ROBATA in Soho.

How I Got Here with restaurateur Richard Gladwin

How I Got Here: Richard Gladwin

By James McAllister

With his brothers Oliver and Gregory, Richard Gladwin has launched four London restaurants. The most recent, Sussex, opened last year on the Soho site once occupied by Anthony Demetre and Will Smith’s Arbutus.

How I Got Here with Biff's Jack Shack and Biff's Kitchen co-founder Christa Bloom-Burrows

How I Got Here: Christa Bloom-Burrows

By James McAllister

Christa Bloom-Burrows co-founded jackfruit-based vegan fast food brand Biff’s Kitchen with her husband, the eponymous Biff.

Flash-grilled with Kitchen at Holmes hotel restaurant head chef Stefano Motta

Flash-grilled: Stefano Motta

By James McAllister

Italian chef Stefano Motta currently oversees the stoves at the Kitchen at Holmes hotel restaurant in London's Marylebone.

How I Got Here with Ella Canta restaurant chef patron Martha Ortiz

How I Got Here: Martha Ortiz

By James McAllister

High-profile Mexican chef and food writer Martha Ortiz made her international debut in 2017 with the launch of Ella Canta within the Intercontinental London hotel on Park Lane.

Flash-grilled with Prawn on the Lawn seafood restaurant chef and co-owner Rick Toogood

Flash-grilled: Rick Toogood

By James McAllister

Working with his wife Katie, Rick Toogood is co-owner and chef of fishmonger and seafood restaurant Prawn on the Lawn, which operates two sites in Islington and Padstow respectively.

How I Got Here with Kindling and Food for Friends restaurant co-founder Ramin Mostowfi

How I Got Here: Ramin Mostowfi

By James McAllister

Restaurateur Ramin Mostowfi opened Kindling in Brighton last year with his wife Jane, the pair having previously founded and operated vegetarian restaurant Food for Friends in the city.

Flash-grilled with The Collective's executive head chef Arnaud Delannay

Flash-grilled: Arnaud Delannay

By James McAllister

Arnaud Delannay is executive head chef for US-based co-living group The Collective, which opened restaurant and lounge concept Mthr within its London Canary Wharf co-living space last September.

How I Got Here with The Lucky Onion and Country Creatures co-founder Georgie Pearman

How I Got Here: Georgie Pearman

By BigHospitality

Georgie Pearman founded The Lucky Onion hospitality group with her husband Sam in 2006. However, they left the business in 2017 to setup hotel and restaurant group Country Creatures, which operates three sites across The Cotswolds and Yorkshire.

Flash-grilled with Toby Burrowes former Elystan Street restaurant head chef

Flash-grilled: Toby Burrowes

By James McAllister

Toby Burrowes was head chef at Phil Howard’s Michelin-starred Elystan Street restaurant in Chelsea. This week, however, he stepped down over a ‘professional difference of opinion’, and is now looking to potentially open somewhere under his own name.

Simon Henbery Executive Chef Director at Chucs restaurant group

Flash-grilled: Simon Henbery

By Joe Lutrario

Simon Henbery is Executive Chef Director at upmarket Italian dining group Chucs. His CV includes senior roles at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen London and Barbecoa.

How I Got Here with South Place Hotel general manager Susanne Traudt D&D London

How I Got Here: Susanne Traudt

By James McAllister

D&D London stalwart Susanne Traudt was previously operations manager at The Royal Exchange, before moving on to oversee operations at the group's South Place Hotel.

Flash-grilled: Aaron Dalton Four Restaurant

Flash-grilled: Aaron Dalton

By Joe Lutrario

With a cooking CV that includes Fera, Chez Bruce and Smoking Goat, Aaron Dalton is currently running pop-ups in Brighton and hopes to open a permanent restaurant soon. His most recent event saw him collaborate with 64 Degrees chef Michael Bremner.

How I Got Here with Chucs Restaurant & Cafe Collection chairman Graziano Arricale

How I Got Here: Graziano Arricale

By James McAllister

Graziano Arricale is food and beverage operating partner at Oakley Capital and chairman of London-based Italian restaurant group Chucs, which currently operates six sites across the capital

Flash-grilled with Angler restaurant executive chef Gary Foulkes

Flash-grilled: Gary Foulkes

By James McAllister

Gary Foulkes is executive chef at the Michelin-starred Angler restaurant, at the top of the South Place Hotel.

How I Got Here with former Duck & Waffle restaurant executive chef Tom Cenci

How I Got Here: Tom Cenci

By James McAllister

Former Duck & Waffle executive chef Tom Cenci joined forces with Adam White last year to relaunch well-known Bermondsey venue Village East as Loyal Tavern.

Flash-grilled with Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Club restaurant in London

Flash-grilled: Vivek Singh

By James McAllister

Vivek Singh, who founded London restaurant The Cinnamon Club in 2001, is one of the most influential figures in Indian cuisine.

How I Got Here with chef Matt Beardmore of Legare restaurant

How I Got Here: Matt Beardmore

By James McAllister

Ex Trullo chef Matt Beardmore opened casual pasta-focused restaurant Legare with former Barrafina general manager Jay Patel near London's Tower Bridge last November.

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