Career Profile

David Connell, general manager, South Lodge hotel

David Connell: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

David Connell is a prime example of good old-fashioned hard work paying off. Having worked at various restaurants and hotels in the UK and France, he joined luxury hotel group Exclusive Hotels over 10 years ago, recently taking up the position of general...

Oisin Rogers, general manager of the Ship pub in Wandsworth and the Thatched House pub in Hammersmith

Oisin Rogers: Career Profile

By Peter Ruddick

As general manager of two Young's-owned pubs, the Ship in Wandsworth and the Thatched House in Hammersmith, Oisin Rogers is well placed to explain how to develop a career in the industry and get what he calls 'the best job in the world'.

Former Rochelle Canteen head chef James Ferguson is looking forward to seeing a packed restaurant in his new role as head chef of The Beagle

James Ferguson: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

James Ferguson, head chef at the newly-opened Shoreditch restaurant Beagle, talks about how he made his way up the career ladder and why you won't see him chasing Michelin stars.

Chris Wheeler, executive chef, Humphry's restaurant at Stoke Park

Chris Wheeler: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

Chris Wheeler began his career as Jean-Christophe Novelli’s right-hand man at Le Provence in Lymington and went on to work for the French celebrity chef for 10 years. He joined Stoke Park in 2003 and has been building up the hotel’s culinary reputation...

Maria Larsen and Scott Hunter own three food-led pubs in London

Scott Hunter & Maria Larsen: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

This young husband and wife are a pub success story, with a knack of reinvigorating dilapidated London boozers into profitable gastropubs. The pair took over the Princess of Shoreditch in 2008, doubling sales in less than a year. They then acquired the...

Alyn Williams rose through the ranks at Gordon Ramsay Holdings and worked under Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley

Alyn Williams: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

A Michelin star, 15th in the National Restaurant Awards and the National Chef of the Year title – 2012 was a remarkable year for Alyn Williams. In this exclusive interview, the chef-patron of his eponymous restaurant at the Westbury hotel in Mayfair reveals...

Frederic Brugues, director of wine at Sketch says passion for wine, hard work and an approachable nature make a good sommelier

Frederic Brugues: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Frenchman Frederic Brugues started his career as commis sommelier for Marco Pierre White in 1996. As wine director for London restaurant Sketch he has steadily built up the wine cellar to over 750 bins. He consults on individual tastes and requirements...

Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas entered the hospitality industry when she founded Sonny's Kitchen in 1986

Rebecca Mascarenhas: Career Profile

By Peter Ruddick

Rebecca Mascarenhas is best known as a restaurateur who, behind the scenes, has been an instrumental partner in some of London's leading neighbourhood restaurants - Sonny's Kitchen, Kitchen W8 and Sam's Brasserie - but the entrepreneur...

Russell Brown. Photography by Richard Budd.

Russell Brown: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Russell Brown is chef-owner of Sienna, Dorset's only Michelin-starred restaurant. He was recently made head of the Dorset Panel of the South West-based Chef's Forum and later this year will celebrate 10 years of running his own restaurant. 

Chef Paul Ainsworth took sole occupancy of Number 6 in Padstow in 2009, earning his first Michelin star for the restaurant last year

Paul Ainsworth: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

Paul Ainsworth recently picked up his first Michelin star at Number 6 in Padstow. Having worked under the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Marcus Wareing, the chef has gone from strength to strength on his own; also running the Italian restaurant,...

David Haines has been head concierge at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge since March 2010

David Haines: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

With the recent TV documentary Inside Claridge's highlighting the importance of concierge services in hotels, BigHospitality has spoken with the current Concierge of the Year. David Haines is head concierge at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. With...

Emmanuel Landre, general manager of Le Gavroche

Emmanuel Landre: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Le Gavroche's Emmanuel Landre had some big shoes to fill when he took over from Silvano Giraldin as the restaurant's general manager in 2008, but the Frenchman said he learnt well from the 'master of service' and is helping to steer...

Peter Avis, restaurant manager of Babylon at Virgin-owned The Roof Gardens in Kensington

Peter Avis: Career Profile

By Peter Ruddick

Peter Avis’s job in charge of the Virgin-owned Babylon restaurant at popular celebrity haunt The Roof Gardens is a far cry from his humble Liverpool beginnings and comes after a fascinating career straddling both sides of the Atlantic. 

Peter McAlister was last month crowned the 2012 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year by the Academy of Food and Wine Service

Peter McAlister: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

Peter McAlister from the Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast was last month crowned the 2012 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year by the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS). He previously spent six years working with Malmaison and now hopes to use...

Ross Shonhan, owner, Bone Daddies

Ross Shonhan: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

Australian-born Ross Shonhan, former head chef at Zuma and Nobu, is set to open Japanese ramen concept Bone Daddies in Soho next month. The chef reveals his career achievements and challenges and explains his love affair with Japanese cuisine.

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