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.

Natasha Cooke Lupins restaurant London Bridge

How I Got Here: Natasha Cooke

By Joe Lutrario

A former professional event rider Natasha Cooke opened her first restaurant Lupins in London Bridge, along with her friend and business partner Lucy Pedder, in early 2017.

Flash-grilled with former Bob Bob Ricard head chef George Farrugia who now oversees Fenchurch Restaurant

Flash-grilled: George Farrugia

By James McAllister

George Farrugia swapped Soho for the Sky Garden earlier this year, leaving Bob Bob Ricard to become head chef of the Fenchurch Restaurant on the 37th floor at London’s 20 Fenchurch Street.

How I Got Here with Folie restaurant founder Guillaume Depoix

How I Got Here: Guillaume Depoix

By James McAllister

Former Boundary Hotel operations director and Casa Cruz general manager Guillaume Depoix recently launched upmarket restaurant Folie on Soho's Golden Square; his first solo project.

How I Got Here with Adam Jones managing director of contemporary Chinese restaurant group Tattu

How I Got Here: Adam Jones

By James McAllister

Adam Jones is the co-founder and managing director of UK-based contemporary Chinese restaurant group Tattu, which recently launched its first Scottish location in Edinburgh.

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Flash-grilled: Edson Diaz-Fuentes

By James McAllister

Chef Edson Diaz-Fuentes co-owns Mexican restaurant Santo Remedio in London Bridge with his wife Natalie.

How I Got Here with Kiwi café and restaurant brand Ozone's executive chef Joe O’Connell

How I Got Here: Joe O’Connell

By James McAllister

New Zealand-born chef Joe O’Connell oversees the food output and is sustainability co-ordinator for Kiwi café and restaurant brand Ozone, which recently opened its second London location in Bethnal Green.

Flash-grilled with chef Lee Westcott

Flash-grilled: Lee Westcott

By James McAllister

Lee Westcott, who closed his well-regarded London restaurant Typing Room last year, announced earlier this week that he is to step down as head chef of Pensons on the Netherwood Estate after just a year in the role.

How I Got Here with Gary Robinson, executive chef of The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh

How I Got Here: Gary Robinson

By James McAllister

Gary Robinson, who was previously head chef to HRH the Prince of Wales and executive chef at the British Embassy in Washington D.C., joined The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh as executive chef earlier this year.

Flash-grilled with Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar head chef Javi Blanco

Flash-grilled: Javi Blanco

By James McAllister

Javi Blanco is head chef at Eneko Atxa's Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar in London's One Aldwych hotel.

How I Got Here with Bistrot Pierre co-founder Rob Beacham

How I Got Here: Rob Beacham

By James McAllister

Rob Beacham is co-founder of French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre, which this year celebrates its 25th birthday.

Heritage London restaurant chef Aarik Persaud

Flash-grilled: Aarik Persaud

By James McAllister

Canadian-born chef Aarik Persaud, who co-founded Hong Kong based restaurant group The Butcher’s Club, is head chef at modern Swiss-inspired restaurant Heritage in London’s Soho.

How I Got Here with The Langham, London managing director Bob Van Den Oord

How I Got Here: Bob Van Den Oord

By James McAllister

Bob Van Den Oord is managing director of The Langham, London, as well as regional vice president of operations for The Langham group in Europe, the Middle East and US.

Nathan Eades The Wild Rabbit Chipping Norton chef restaurant Michelin

Flash-grilled: Nathan Eades

By James McAllister

The head chef at The Wild Rabbit in Chipping Norton on whistling in kitchens and why his nan is his harshest critic.

How I Got Here with chef and The Brewery food director Tom Gore

How I Got Here: Tom Gore

By James McAllister

Tom Gore is food director at London-based event catering and fine dining concept The Brewery.

Nick Beardshaw chef Kerridge's Bar & Grill London restaurant

Flash-grilled: Nick Beardshaw

By Joe Lutrario

The head chef at Kerridge's Bar & Grill in London on Domino's, not completing MEATliquor's triple chilli challenge and cheap truffles.

How I Got Here with Corinthia operations manager Daniele Quattromini

How I Got Here: Daniele Quattromini

By James McAllister

Daniele Quattromini, who won the 2015 Gold Service Scholarship, is operations manager of The Northall at Corinthia London.

Flash-grilled with Gordon Ramsay protégé Steven Ellis, chef proprietor of fine dining pub-restaurant The Oxford Blue

Flash-grilled: Steven Ellis

By James McAllister

Steven Ellis, who is a protégé of Gordon Ramsay and Clare Smyth, is chef proprietor of fine dining pub-restaurant The Oxford Blue in Old Windsor.

How I Got Here with restaurateur and 1 Lombard Street owner Soren Jessen

How I Got Here: Soren Jessen

By James McAllister

Previously a banker, Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen owns fine dining restaurant 1 Lombard Street, as well as the more causal Ekte Nordic Kitchen in the Bloomberg Arcade.

Flash-grilled with L'oscar executive chef Tony Fleming

Flash-grilled: Tony Fleming

By James McAllister

Former D&D London chef Tony Fleming is food and beverage director at the L'oscar hotel in London.

How I Got Here with Moxon's Fresh Fish director and Next Door restaurant owner Robin Moxon

How I Got Here: Robin Moxon

By James McAllister

Robin Moxon is the owner of the Next Door fish restaurant in East Dulwich, which he operates as part of his London-based fishmongers business Moxon's Fresh Fish.

Ben McKellar Brighton chef at The Gingerman

Flash-grilled: Ben McKellar

By Joe Lutrario

Largely Brighton and Hove-based chef restaurateur Ben McKellar runs a total of five venues including fine dining restaurant the Gingerman and recently launched small plates restaurant The Flint House.

How I Got Here with Yard Sale Pizza co-founder and chef Nick Buckland

How I Got Here: Nick Buckland

By James McAllister

Nick Buckland is co-founder and chef at Yard Sale Pizza, which this week opened its fifth London restaurant on Hackney Road complete with a new, dedicated calzone menu.

Flash-grilled with chef Felipe Preece

Flash-grilled: Felipe Preece

By James McAllister

Chef Felipe Preece is behind Japanese-Latin street food brand Sugoi JPN. His second concept, Just Yuca, recently launched at Old Street Brewery in Bethnal Green.

How I Got Here with chef director Akira Shimizu

How I Got Here: Akira Shimizu

By James McAllister

Akira Shimizu is chef director for his eponymous restaurant Akira at Japan House in Kensington, and Engawa in Soho.

Flash-grilled with chef and Elite Bistros founder Gary Usher

Flash-grilled: Gary Usher

By James McAllister

Elite Bistros founder Gary Usher has crowdfunded more than £400,000 to launch restaurants including the recently opened Kala in Manchester. Earlier this week, a documentary charting the chef’s bid to open his Pinion restaurant in Prescot aired on Channel...

How I Got Here with Murger Han chef and restaurateur Bin Li

How I Got Here: Bin Li

By James McAllister

Bin Li is the owner and head chef at Chinese street food restaurant Murger Han, which currently operates two London sites in Euston and Mayfair.

Flash grilled with Swan restaurant, Shakespeare’s Globe head chef Simon Ulph

Flash-grilled: Simon Ulph

By James McAllister

Simon Ulph, who previously oversaw the kitchen at St Leonard's in Hackney, became head chef at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe earlier this year.

How I Got Here with Temper restaurant group MD Sam Lee

How I Got Here: Sam Lee

By James McAllister

Sam Lee is the managing director of restaurant group Temper, which currently operates three London sites in Covent Garden, Soho and the City.

Flash-grilled with chef Kuba Winkowski

Flash-grilled: Kuba Winkowski

By James McAllister

Kuba Winkowski, who recently stepped down from his role as head chef at The Feathered Nest Country Inn in the Cotswolds, was named Craft Guild’s National Chef of the Year 2019.

How I Got Here with chef Peter del Campo

How I Got Here: Peter del Campo

By James McAllister

Brazilian-born chef Peter del Campo joined the team at Blakes Hotel in Kensington more than a decade ago, and has overseen the kitchen there since 2014.

Flash-grilled with chef Kostas Papathanasiou of Jason Atherton's No.5 Social

Flash-grilled: Kostas Papathanasiou

By James McAllister

After a two-year stint at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, Kostas Papathanasiou recently moved to oversee the kitchen at Atherton's newly launched No.5 Social in Mayfair.

Flash-grilled with chef Alexis Noble owner of neighbourhood-style restaurant Wander in Stoke Newington

Flash-grilled: Alexis Noble

By James McAllister

Australian-born chef Alexis Noble is the owner of contemporary, neighbourhood-style restaurant Wander in Stoke Newington, which opened in late 2017.

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