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The latest news and interviews from the movers and shakers in the industry, including appointments, promotions, insights and achievements.

Matt Sworder chef The Corner House restaurants Kent

Flash-grilled: Matt Sworder

By Joe Lutrario

Matt Sworder is chef owner of The Corner House restaurants in Minster and Canterbury. This May sees the launch of The Corner House Cookbook, which is billed as a celebration of Kentish produce.

Sam Ashton-Booth steps down as head chef at Stem in Mayfair

Sam Ashton-Booth leaves Stem

By James McAllister

Sam Ashton-Booth has stepped down as head chef at Stem in Mayfair, the third London restaurant from chef-restaurateur Mark Jarvis that opened at the beginning of last year.

Philip Inzani restaurateur London’s Polo Bar

How I Got Here: Philip Inzani

By Joe Lutrario

The London-born restaurateur founded London’s Polo Bar, which stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Henry Freestone head chef Crispin Spitalfields

Flash-grilled: Henry Freestone

By Joe Lutrario

Henry Freestone is the head chef at Crispin, a Spitalfields restaurant that serves an eclectic small plates menu alongside speciality coffee and low-intervention wines.

Tony Naylor time for a chain reaction CVA

Time for a chain reaction?

By Tony Naylor

CVAs offer a lifeline for struggling chains. But, long term, can the very notion of a ‘quality chain’ survive this current casual dining crisis?

The secret stagiaire The Pony and Trap

The secret stagiaire: The Pony and Trap

By The secret stagiaire

Josh Eggleton’s progressive country pub hosts our roving trainee chef this month. Within the Michelin-starred Somerset venue he finds a DIY approach to produce and a positive, nurturing atmosphere.

Fodder chef Michael Thompson to be head chef at Douglas McMaster Ryan Chetiyawardana's Hoxton restaurant Cub

Michael Thompson named as Cub head chef

By James McAllister

Former Fodder chef Michael Thompson is to take the reins of the kitchen at Douglas McMaster and Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Hoxton restaurant Cub.

Mariana Chaves, head pastry chef Fifteen Cornwall

Flash-grilled: Mariana Chaves

By Joe Lutrario

Born and raised in Rio, pastry chef Mariana Chave attended Le Cordon Bleu prior to a spell with Nuno Mendes. She is currently head pastry chef at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall.

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