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Career Profile: Laurie Gear

Career Profile: Laurie Gear

By Peter Ruddick

Largely self-taught chef Laurie Gear started his career washing dishes in a local Dorset hotel. After he met his wife while learning his trade in the kitchen of the Combe House hotel in Gittisham, Gear worked with her to achieve their dream in 2002 of...

Sudha Saha, executive head chef, the Saffron Group

Career Profile: Sudha Saha

By Luke Nicholls

Chef Sudha Saha has an impressive culinary career. At 17, he was given a place to train hotel management at Chennai. He then joined the Ambassador hotel and trained with the Taj Group. A few years later, Saha moved to Dubai to take up his first executive...

Will Oakley, general manager, The Cadogan hotel

Career Profile: Will Oakley

By Luke Nicholls

Will Oakley has over 14 years’ experience working in the luxury hospitality sector. Prior to his new role as general manager of The Cadogan hotel in Knightsbridge, Oakley was the manager at Bespoke Hotels, launching other London properties including The...

Will Torrent, who will be sharing his top tips for working with chocolate next week and on 23 March via BigHospitality

Career Profile: Will Torrent

By Emma Eversham

Pastry chef Will Torrent scored a week's work experience with Heston Blumenthal at the tender age of 15. Ten years on he is working alongside Blumenthal again as a pastry chef consultant for Waitrose. He was the first British pastry chef to win at...

Peter Borg-Neal

Career Profile: Peter Borg-Neal

By Luke Nicholls

Gastropub entrepreneur Peter Borg-Neal is the brains behind the six-strong Oakman Inns & Restaurants, which was last month nominated for Best Pub Company at Restaurant magazine's R200 Awards. Having started his career as a cellar boy and also...

Byron Lang

Career Profile: Byron Lang

By Emma Eversham

Byron Lang has been head maitre d' at Gordon Ramsay Holdings' The Savoy Grill since it re-opened for business in 2010. He started his hospitality career at The Ivy before going on to work for Jeremy Corbin and Chris King at The Wolseley and...

Laura Marlow - Christmas co-ordinator, London Marriott hotel County Hall

Career Profile: Laura Marlow

By Luke Nicholls

Laura Marlow was last month appointed Christmas co-ordinator at the London Marriott hotel County Hall. Handling everything from festive family lunches to bespoke packages, corporate events and private parties, her new role marks a return to the events...

Alan Stewart, head chef of Manson in Fulham

Career Profile: Alan Stewart

By Emma Eversham

Alan Stewart’s passion for cooking started with a part-time job at Hammersmith gastropub The Anglesea Arms. He worked in support roles at Chez Bruce and Launceston Place in London before taking up his current position of head chef at Manson in London.

Azad Miah

Career Profile: Azad Miah

By Luke Nicholls

Azad Miah has worked in fine dining for more than 15 years. Having graduated in business management in 2008, Miah immediately opened his first restaurant, Amani, in Sanderstead. Following the Indian restaurant’s success, a second venue was opened in nearby...

Phil Davison has run the Sun in the Wood for 15 years with his wife Lauren

Career Profile: Phil Davison

By Emma Eversham

Phil Davison began his career as a chef, running restaurants and pubs before finally buying his own pub - the Sun in the Wood, near Newbury - which he has run with his wife Lauren for the past 15 years.

James Hatswell spent eight years working as a cook in the Royal Navy

Career Profile: James Hatswell

By Emma Eversham

Chef James Hatswell trained at HMS Raleigh’s Cookery School after joining the Navy at 16. During his eight years in the forces he visited 36 countries, developing a love of global cuisine. He currently runs a tight ship as head chef at the Heron Restaurant...

Vince Johnson, general manager at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate

Career Profile: Vince Johnson

By Emma Eversham

Vince Johnson started out as a waiter before deciding that hotel management was where he wanted to be. After returning to college to focus his skills he worked in HR and operations for a number of hotel chains before landing his first general manager...

James Nathan

Career Profile: James Nathan

By Emma Eversham

Former MasterChef winner James Nathan threw in his job as a barrister to pursue his passion for cooking and since appearing on the TV series in 2008, the 38-year-old has worked in some of the UK’s top professional kitchens and appeared at a number of...

Darin Campbell, who has recently returned to One Devonshire Gardens as executive head chef

Career Profile: Darin Campbell

By Emma Eversham

After learning part of his trade under 'mentor' Andrew Fairlie at Hotel du Vin's Glasgow restaurant One Devonshire Gardens, chef Darin Campbell went off to London to work with Marcus Wareing and Eric Chavot. He's now back at the Glasgow...

Neil Millington, bar manager at Equus at The Royal Horseguards hotel on Whitehall

Career Profile: Neil Millington

By Becky Paskin

The Royal Horseguard hotel’s new bar manager Neil Millington didn’t start out in the hospitality industry following three years at college, neither did he undertake an apprenticeship. At the age of 29 he was approached to leave his job as a cigar retailer...

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