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Perilla's founders on opening their first permanent restaurant

Perilla's founders on opening their first permanent restaurant

By Sophie Witts

Following a series of sell-out London residencies, chef Ben Marks (ex-Noma and The Square) and front-of-house Matt Emmerson (Polpo) are opening their first permanent restaurant Perilla in Newington Green next month - with the help of some very influential backers.

Chef Luke Tipping on the revamped Simpsons

Chef Luke Tipping on the revamped Simpsons

By Joe Lutrario

Birmingham stalwart Simpsons last month hosted its inaugural Eureka evening, which sees its chef director Luke Tipping encourage his whole team to develop new dishes to be served at a special Monday night service.

Business Profile: Pizza Pilgrims

Business Profile: Pizza Pilgrims

By Stefan Chomka

Brothers James and Thom Elliot have created a fun-loving restaurant business where the vibes are as important as the food. And the Pizza Pilgrims party has only just begun. 

Dave White of Dead Parrot bar on competition and bartending success

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Dave White of Dead Parrot bar on competition and bartending success

By Emma Eversham

Dave White, manager of the Dead Parrot bar in Horsham, West Sussex, beat over 120 contestants to win the Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender competition in July for the second year running. He gives his top tips for bartending success ahead of London Cocktail...

Social Pantry founder Alex Head on growing an ethical food business

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Social Pantry founder Alex Head on growing an ethical food business

By Emma Eversham

Alex Head formed London-based catering company Social Pantry six years ago. The business has expanded considerably since, adding Social Pantry Café in 2013 and a host of new clients, but even with growth, her strong principles remain an essential part...

Kurt Zdesar on new Fucina and London’s hottest trends

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Kurt Zdesar on London’s hottest restaurant trends and new concept Fucina

By Hannah Thompson

Restaurateur Kurt Zdesar, who previously helped to found dim sum group Ping Pong, has made his name with trend-setting London sites such as Chotto Matte, Black Roe, and the now-closed Bouillabaisse. With new Italian concept Fucina set to open this autumn,...

Business Profile: Flat Iron

Business Profile: Flat Iron

By Mel Flaherty

Charlie Carroll has turned the traditional steakhouse model on its head with Flat Iron, his affordable steak restaurant brand. And the secret’s in the name

Business Profile: Benugo

Business Profile: Benugo

By Stefan Chomka

Ben Warner was on holiday in South Africa when the fallout from his company’s plans to take over a family-run café on Hampstead Heath began. 

L-R: Merlin Labron-Johnson and Stuart Andrew

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Portland's chefs on opening their second restaurant Clipstone

By Stefan Chomka

Merlin Labron-Johnson and Stuart Andrew, the chefs at Michelin-starred Portland in Fitzrovia, on launching their second, more casual restaurant in Marylebone, and taking inspiration from New York and Ghent.

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