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Small Talk

BigHospitality catches up with chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and publicans for a chat about their latest projects, their career so far, and their passion for hospitality

Matin Miah on the rise of Jamaican food, expansion and Caribbean vibe

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Matin Miah on the rise of Jamaican food, expansion and that Caribbean vibe

By Hannah Thompson

As co-founder of “real jerk” Dalston restaurant Rudie’s, Matin Miah knows a thing or two about the rise of Jamaican food. As the brand looks to expand its bar and confirms its second site, we talk “elevated” Caribbean cuisine, cocktails, and plans to...

Chef James Durrant on his new restaurant The Game Bird

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Chef James Durrant on his new restaurant The Game Bird

By Joe Lutrario

The former Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton protégé is overseeing the overhaul of grand St James’s hotel The Stafford London as executive chef, and will re-launch its main restaurant as the The Game Bird early next month. He spoke to Restaurant Magazine...

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean on winning 2016

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean on winning 2016

By Hannah Thompson

The MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary Maclean, was crowned victorious last night. We spoke to the Glasgow-based chef-lecturer (and husband, and father-of-six) the morning after to talk winning, culinary colleges, and learning what the TV...

Inamo's Noel Hunwick on how restaurant technology is evolving

Inamo's Noel Hunwick on how restaurant technology is evolving

By Sophie Witts

Technology-driven restaurant Inamo is opening its third London site in Camden this week. BigHospitality caught up with co-founder Noel Hunwick to to talk about the group's expansion plans and how technology can enhance the restaurant experience.

Deborah Efemini at Parkside Social

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DECK Social's Deborah Efemini on providing community-led hospitality

By Emma Eversham

Deborah Efemini turns disused spaces into community-led hospitality hubs through her work with DECK Social. She talks about her latest venture Parkside Social in Lewisham and why pop-up social projects can be worthwhile for new hospitality talent as well...

The Pony & Trap's Holly Eggleton on making front-of-house fun

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Holly Eggleton on working with family and making front-of-house fun

By Michelle Perrett

Holly Eggleton runs the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna with her brother Josh Eggleton where she is responsible for front and back-of-house operations. She is also involved with the Salt and Malt café; the company's outside catering business and new...

Mexican chef Martha Ortiz on her new London restaurant

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Mexican chef Martha Ortiz on her new London restaurant

By Stefan Chomka

The chef-patron at Dulce Patria in Mexico City – ranked number 48 on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list – will open her as yet unnamed restaurant at InterContinental London Park Lane next March. BigHospitality's sister publication Restaurant...

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.

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,...

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