Career Profile

Mark Wood, restaurant director of Grand Imperial, London

Career Profile: Mark Wood

By Emma Eversham

Restaurateur Mark Wood spent three years working his way around the globe before returning to the UK to work in a number of London's top restaurants. He worked at several of Alan Yau's restaurants and studied for an MBA before landing the job...

Peter Wardley will open the Radisson Edwardian in Guildford in September

Career Profile: Peter Wardley

By Emma Eversham

Peter Wardley started out as a luggage porter before working his way through the ranks to become a hotel manager. He will open the Radisson Edwardian's latest hotel in Guildford in September as general manager.

James Partridge says being creative, flexible and able to inspire others can help you succeed in sales and events

Career Profile: James Partridge

By Emma Eversham

The Dorchester's new Director of Group Sales and Events' 20-year career in hospitality has taken him from a country house hotel nestled in the Cotswolds to the luxury hotel sector in London. He was responsible for launching Gordon Ramsay Holdings'...

Michele Caggianese receiving his Restaurant Manager of the Year 2011 award

Career profile: Michele Caggianese

By Emma Eversham

Despite arriving in the UK seven and a half years ago from Italy with no knowledge of the English language and no formal training, Michele Caggianese has managed to carve a successful career front-of- house in some of London’s top restaurants and hotels....

Anna-Marie Dowling, MD of the Royal Horseguards

Career Profile: Anna-Marie Dowling

By Lorraine Heller

Hotel manager Anna-Marie Dowling tells BigHospitality how her endless energy drove her from the lowest to the highest positions in the hotel sector. Throughout her career she has managed hotels including Le Meridien Piccadilly and London’s Marriott County...

Hannah Bass, operations director for ETM Group

Career Profile: Hannah Bass

By Becky Paskin

Despite excelling in academics, Hannah Bass, the operations director for burgeoning gastropub group ETM, always knew somehow that she’d end up working in hospitality. The group is now on the verge of launching two venues and a food and beverage offer...

Julien Maisonneuve, executive chef at the Marriott St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Career Profile: Julien Maisonneuve

By Becky Paskin

Formerly head chef at Restaurant Tom Aikens, Julien Maisonneuve is now the new executive chef of the Booking Office bar and restaurant in Marriott’s latest London hotel opening, the St Pancras Renaissance, where he will work alongside Marcus Wareing’s...

Adam Simmonds, executive chef of Danesfield House

Career Profile: Adam Simmonds

By Becky Paskin

It took Adam Simmonds 16 years before he accepted his first head chef position, but the now Michelin-starred executive chef of Danesfield House in Marlow claims his slow and steady approach has ultimately culminated in his success.

Allan Pickett, head chef at Plateau, gave up gardening for a career because it was

Career Profile: Allan Pickett

By Becky Paskin

Once divided between cooking or gardening for a career, Allan Pickett, head chef of Plateau in Canary Wharf, has since retained a Michelin star, competed in international competitions and worked with the likes of Michel Roux, Chris and Jeff Galvin.

Zack Saghir, head sommelier at Roux at the Landau

Career Profile: Zack Saghir

By Becky Paskin

The head sommelier of Roux at the Landau is best known for his 27-year service at The Savoy with restaurant manager Franco Becci, but after a 38-year career in hospitality is set to retire next year.

Ashraf Saleh, head sommelier at Galvin at Windows

Career Profile: Ashraf Saleh

By Becky Paskin

Ashraf Saleh’s career began at eight years old stock taking for his family’s restaurant in Egypt. He is now head sommelier at Galvin at Windows and has aspirations of leading his own restaurant and hotel empire.

Morag Stark, general manager of Cardrona Hotel in Peebles

Career Profile: Morag Stark

By Becky Paskin

Morag Stark is the general manage of the MacDonald-owned Cardrona Hotel in Peebles, but had started her career in hospitality with the NHS, which gave her the basic skills she needed to succeed.

Debbie Hinkson, operations manager, Giraffe

Career Profile: Debbie Hinckson

By Becky Paskin

Debbie Hinckson has spent the majority of her career operating airport restaurants for The Restaurant Group. Now, with just two months under her belt as operations manager for the 40-strong casual dining chain Giraffe, she told BigHospitality why her...

Darren Brown, head chef of Angelique in Dartmouth

Career Profile: Darren Brown

By Becky Paskin

The newly appointed head chef of 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group’s Dartmouth restaurant Angelique turned his back on a fine dining career in London for one in the country, and hasn’t looked back since.

Sandeep Bhalla

After hours with... Sandeep Bhalla

The India-born director of food and beverage at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has worked in some of the world’s top class hotels. In his current position he has overseen the transformation of Petrus into Marcus Wareing’s eponymous restaurant, and the...

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