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David Taylor on 30 years of Balans Soho Society

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David Taylor on 30 years of Balans Soho Society

By Sophie Witts

Late-night restaurant and celebrity favourite Balans Soho Society celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Co-founder David Taylor spoke to BigHospitality about updating the now six-strong brand and the changing world of Soho restaurants.

Matin Miah on the rise of Jamaican food, expansion and Caribbean vibe

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Matin Miah on the rise of Jamaican food, expansion and that Caribbean vibe

By Hannah Thompson

As co-founder of “real jerk” Dalston restaurant Rudie’s, Matin Miah knows a thing or two about the rise of Jamaican food. As the brand looks to expand its bar and confirms its second site, we talk “elevated” Caribbean cuisine, cocktails, and plans to...

Business Profile: Brasserie Blanc

Business Profile: Brasserie Blanc

By Stefan Chomka

Five years ago French chain Brasserie Blanc was a brand in stasis. But a revamp of the entire estate and a move into the pub sector means it has rediscovered its je ne sais quoi.

Chef James Durrant on his new restaurant The Game Bird

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Chef James Durrant on his new restaurant The Game Bird

By Joe Lutrario

The former Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton protégé is overseeing the overhaul of grand St James’s hotel The Stafford London as executive chef, and will re-launch its main restaurant as the The Game Bird early next month. He spoke to Restaurant Magazine...

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean on winning 2016

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean on winning 2016

By Hannah Thompson

The MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary Maclean, was crowned victorious last night. We spoke to the Glasgow-based chef-lecturer (and husband, and father-of-six) the morning after to talk winning, culinary colleges, and learning what the TV...

Business Profile: San Carlo

Business Profile: San Carlo

By Stefan Chomka

Family-run Italian restaurant group San Carlo is switching focus away from its northern heartland to expand across the capital.

Inamo's Noel Hunwick on how restaurant technology is evolving

Inamo's Noel Hunwick on how restaurant technology is evolving

By Sophie Witts

Technology-driven restaurant Inamo is opening its third London site in Camden this week. BigHospitality caught up with co-founder Noel Hunwick to to talk about the group's expansion plans and how technology can enhance the restaurant experience.

Deborah Efemini at Parkside Social

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DECK Social's Deborah Efemini on providing community-led hospitality

By Emma Eversham

Deborah Efemini turns disused spaces into community-led hospitality hubs through her work with DECK Social. She talks about her latest venture Parkside Social in Lewisham and why pop-up social projects can be worthwhile for new hospitality talent as well...

The Pony & Trap's Holly Eggleton on making front-of-house fun

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Holly Eggleton on working with family and making front-of-house fun

By Michelle Perrett

Holly Eggleton runs the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna with her brother Josh Eggleton where she is responsible for front and back-of-house operations. She is also involved with the Salt and Malt café; the company's outside catering business and new...

Business Profile: Coco di Mama

Business Profile: Coco di Mama

By Mark Wingett

Under its parent company the Azzurri Group, grab-and-go Italian restaurant brand Coco di Mama is bringing its faster pasta to the masses.

Mexican chef Martha Ortiz on her new London restaurant

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Mexican chef Martha Ortiz on her new London restaurant

By Stefan Chomka

The chef-patron at Dulce Patria in Mexico City – ranked number 48 on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list – will open her as yet unnamed restaurant at InterContinental London Park Lane next March. BigHospitality's sister publication Restaurant...

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