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Small Talk

BigHospitality catches up with chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and publicans for a chat about their latest projects, their career so far, and their passion for hospitality

Kate Hawkings on creating wine lists and new restaurant Bellita

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Kate Hawkings on creating wine lists and new restaurant Bellita

By Joe Lutrario

Involved with Bristol’s now buzzing restaurant scene for decades, restaurateur and oenophile Kate Hawkings also chairs the Guild of Food Writers. Last month she opened Bellita, a wine-focused follow up to Bell’s Diner.

Jack Lewens and Matthew Young

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Jack Lewens and Matthew Young on new restaurant Ellory

By Joe Lutrario

The experienced back and front-of-house duo will open their restaurant Ellory at Hackney’s Netil House later this month. Young received rave reviews for his cooking at Mayfields (also in Hackney) and Lewens has worked in the restaurant industry for 20...

Jerome Tafani of Chipotle talks UK expansion

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Jerome Tafani of Chipotle talks UK expansion

By Sophie Witts

US chain Chipotle opens 2-3 restaurants a week in America, though so far its UK expansion has been more guarded. Jerome Tafani, executive director for European business development at Chipotle, spoke to BigHospitality about the future of the brand in...

Camellia Panjabi of MW Eat on relocating Chutney Mary and Masala Zone plans

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Camellia Panjabi of MW Eat on relocating Chutney Mary and Masala Zone plans

By Joe Lutrario

Based in Mumbai but currently in the UK to oversee the relocation of venerable Indian fine-dining restaurant Chutney Mary, Camellia Panjabi is part of the trio of family members behind Indian restaurant group MW Eat and has also penned the world’s best-selling...

John Metcalf says that there has been 'a step up in quality' at Strada

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John Metcalf of Strada on challenging customer perceptions of the chain

By Sophie Witts

Following its sale by Tragus Group to Sun Capital Partners in 2014 for £37m, the Strada restaurant group is looking to considerably up its game. John Metcalf, the brand’s new commercial director, spoke to BigHospitality about overhauling the menu and...

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