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Interview with Francesco Mazzei - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Francesco Mazzei

Square Meal talks to the L’Anima chef about his forthcoming project L’Anima Café, riding out the economic storm in the City, and what he thinks about the competition.

Interview with André Garrett - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with André Garrett

After seven years as head chef of Galvin at Windows, André Garrett has gone it alone with a self-titled restaurant at Cliveden that promises to be one of 2014's destination venues.

Welcome to my world: Michel Roux Jr - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Welcome to my world: Michel Roux Jr

MasterChef star and Le Gavroche’s owner and chef de cuisine, Michel Roux Jr shares his views on juggling life as a restaurateur and TV personality.

Interview with Angela Hartnett  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Angela Hartnett

Square Meal talks to Angela Harnett about her recently launched Shoreditch restaurant Merchant’s Tavern, and Mayfair venture Café Murano which opens next week.

Ramsay's return: the big interview - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Ramsay's return: the big interview

With a high-profile London launch and his New York flagship losing its Michelin stars, it’s been a topsy-turvy year for Gordon Ramsay. Square Meal caught up with him and head chef Davide Degiovanni prior to the opening of Union Street Café to find out about his future plans, London’s restaurant scene – and David Beckham.

Grill the Chef: interview with Andrew Pern - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Grill the Chef: interview with Andrew Pern

Andrew Pern opened the thatched Star Inn at Harome, in North Yorkshire in 1996, raising the bar for pub food in the county (and beyond) with his gutsy, regional and seasonal dishes. Since then, he has collected a mantelpiece of awards including a Michelin star, which he held for nine years until 2011 – although that didn’t stop loyal customers continuing to support him and his trademark ‘cuisine terroir’. Now Pern has joined with his old college pal and rugby-playing friend Justin Brosenitz to take on the derelict Lendal Engine House in York’s iconic Museum Gardens. After a £500,000 refit, which includes the addition of a contemporary wood and glass ‘garden room’ and a deck overlooking the river, the 130-cover Star Inn The City promises to be Yorkshire’s most exciting opening of the year.

El Celler de Can Roca’s Joan Roca - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles El Celler de Can Roca’s Joan Roca

Joan Roca (head chef) and his brothers Jordi (pastry chef) and Josep (front-of-house manager) are the trio behind Girona’s El Celler de Can Roca, which boasts three Michelin stars and was named World’s Best Restaurant at the S.Pellegrino 50 Best Awards 2013 – following in the footsteps of legendary Spanish restaurant el Bulli. Square Meal caught up with the chef at The Restaurant Show to talk about Spain’s gastronomic clout, the restaurant’s creative process, and the sibling dynamic behind the success of this family affair.

Grill the Chef: interview with Aiden Byrne - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Grill the Chef: interview with Aiden Byrne

Northern boy Aiden Byrne – once the youngest chef to win a Michelin star – is back with his new venture Manchester House, fuelling the city’s profile as a red-hot ticket for foodies.

Interview with Bleeding Heart’s Robyn Wilson  - Restaurant and Bar News Interview with Bleeding Heart’s Robyn Wilson

Restaurateurs Robert and Robyn Wilson opened Farringdon’s Bleeding Heart in 1983 when the venue had a wine bar and just 10 tables. They have since expanded the existing business and established two further eateries – Bleeding Heart Tavern and Bleeding Heart Bistro – on site, plus The Don, another business-lunch favourite in the heart of the City. The original Bleeding Heart turns 30 today – to celebrate this achievement, Square Meal chatted to Robyn about how the City dining scene has changed over the past three decades, her best memories, and what lies in store for her restaurants.

Interview with Marianne Lumb  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Marianne Lumb

Marianne Lumb’s self-titled restaurant has now opened in Notting Hill. Lumb talks to Square Meal about her unusual route into the cheffing world, her artistic streak and her brushes with Ab Fab’s Joanna Lumley.

Grill the Chef: interview with Adam Byatt - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Grill the Chef: interview with Adam Byatt

Chef and restaurateur Adam Byatt has made a name for himself on the culinary stage from his base in Clapham, with acclaimed restaurants including Trinity and Bistro Union. The straight-talking chef talks to Square Meal about his career so far, his latest business ventures and his future plans.

Starter for 10: interview with Mark Sargeant  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Mark Sargeant

After four years away from the capital, during which time he put Folkestone on the dining map with Rocksalt and The Smokehouse, chef and restaurateur Mark Sargeant – one of Gordon Ramsay’s most famous protégés – has returned to London to take the reins at the Great Northern Hotel’s bar, deli and flagship restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk. Now that Sargeant is officially on board at the restaurant (which launched in April), Square Meal caught up with him to find out more.

London Cocktail Club owners talk to Square Meal - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles London Cocktail Club owners talk to Square Meal

Bar owners JJ Goodman and James Hopkins launched the London Cocktail Club after winning BBC reality show The Restaurant. With a third London site planned later this year, the duo talk to Square Meal about the journey so far.

Welcome to my world - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Welcome to my world

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay's chef/patron Clare Smyth shares her favourite spots in Chelsea – from Partridge's to Pétrus.

Interview with Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer

US burger hit Shake Shack launches its first UK branch today, in London’s Covent Garden. Square Meal caught up with the restaurateur behind the brand, Danny Meyer – whose New York destinations include the perennially popular Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern – to find out what’s in store for diners.

Welcome to my world - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Welcome to my world

The chef and owner of Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Social Eating House chats about his favourite place to flash the cash, his love of Hong Kong dumplings and where to get the best pork pies in London.

Interview with Rotunda’s Nicky Foley - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Rotunda’s Nicky Foley

Nicky Foley, the new head chef at Rotunda in King’s Cross, talks to Square Meal about his Irish upbringing, why a footballing career was a no-go, and running out of turkey on Christmas Day.

Starter for 10: interview with Tom Sellers - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Tom Sellers

25-year-old chef Tom Sellers has had a stellar career to date, working at big-ticket restaurants such as Noma, Per Se and Tom Aikens. As he prepares to launch his own restaurant, Story, he tells Square Meal a few of his own.

Starter for 10: interview with James Ferguson - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with James Ferguson

James Ferguson will head up the kitchen at Beagle when it opens in Hoxton next month. The 33-year-old Yorkshire-born chef talks to Square Meal about classical music, ‘ball-breaking’ chefs, and why Marmite should be banned.

Starter for 10: interview with Nathan Outlaw - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Nathan Outlaw

Although Nathan Outlaw grew up in Kent, he is more often associated with Cornwall: his eponymous two-Michelin-starred flagship and the more casual Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill are both located in Rock; Academy Nathan Outlaw at Cornwall College opened earlier this year; while a new venture in Looe will launch in 2013. In October, the chef opened his first London restaurant: Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill at The Capital, in Knightsbridge. Square Meal met the Mr Motivator of cookery – a chef with a 20-year plan – to talk sustainability, sun-worshipping and practical jokes.

Starter for 10: interview with Tom Kitchin - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Tom Kitchin

A familiar face on TV, Tom Kitchin opened his own restaurant – The Kitchin in Leith, Edinburgh – in 2006. A Michelin star soon followed and the venue was also voted the BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant for 2011. Square Meal caught up with the Scottish chef to get the lowdown on the Edinburgh food scene, maintaining a work-life balance and why frozen steak pies drive him nuts.

Starter for 10: interview with Sanjay Dwivedi - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Sanjay Dwivedi

Sanjay Dwivedi, head chef at Peruvian restaurant Coya – the third of a wave of South American newcomers in London this year – is perhaps best known for his time as chef-patron at Kensington’s Indian stalwart Zaika. Dwivedi talks Square Meal through what diners can expect at Coya, recounts a disastrous evening with foie-gras parfait, and entertains with tales of his rock-and-roll past.

Starter for 10: interview with April Bloomfield - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with April Bloomfield

Square Meal speaks to Birmingham-born chef April Bloomfield, who made her name bringing the gastropub concept to New York with celebrated Big Apple haunt The Spotted Pig, and who this week will return to the UK for a two-day cooking stint at St John Hotel, from 30-31 October.

Starter for 10: interview with Magnus Nilsson - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Magnus Nilsson

Magnus Nilsson is chef-patron of Fäviken, a 12-seater restaurant located in the remote village of Jämtland in north-west Sweden. The restaurant, voted number 34 in the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Awards 2012, is celebrated for its imaginative use of foraged native produce and its approach to nature, both at the table and in terms of its location. Square Meal caught up with Nilsson and discussed the importance of free time, his link with Noma, and his take on ‘New Nordic cuisine’.

Kitchen Confidential: Polpetto’s Florence Knight - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential: Polpetto’s Florence Knight

Florence Knight, head chef at Polpetto, talks Stuart Peskett through the kitchen of her Soho home.

Big in Japan: interview with Yoshihiro Murata - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Big in Japan: interview with Yoshihiro Murata

He’s the master of traditional kaiseki Japanese haute cuisine and the apple of Michelin’s eye but chef Yoshihiro Murata is now intent on conquering London. Square Meal finds out more about the launch of Chrysan in the City.

Starter for 10: interview with Alvin Leung  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Alvin Leung

Self-proclaimed ‘demon’ chef Alvin Leung is a mould-breaker. He trained and worked as a sound engineer until the age of 43, but became a chef after cooking at a friend’s pop-up restaurant in Hong Kong in 2003. In 2005, he opened his first restaurant, Bo Innovation; in 2009, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars. It has since climbed to number 52 on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best list and has made Leung known for his boundary-pushing ‘X-treme Chinese’ cuisine, which combines traditional Chinese recipes with modern cooking techniques. The British-born chef talks to Square Meal about his forthcoming Mayfair restaurant, Bo London, plus condoms, tattoos, feng shui – and doing things his way.

Kitchen Confidential: Phil Howard - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential: Phil Howard

Phil Howard, chef/proprietor of The Square in Mayfair, talks Stuart Peskett through the kitchen of his Barnes home

Starter for 10: interview with Mikael Jonsson - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Mikael Jonsson

Former lawyer and food blogger Mikael Jonsson has been in the headlines since opening Chiswick-based Hedone last year, as much for being stabbed in his restaurant as for the critical acclaim that greeted his food. Square Meal caught up with the Swedish chef, who revealed the secrets of his 70-day aged beef, why food bloggers aren't important, and how the attack has left him injured for life.

Starter for 10: interview with Nicola Horlick  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Nicola Horlick

‘Superwoman’ Nicola Horlick made a huge impression on the City when she became the director of a major bank aged just 28; since then, she’s raised a brood of children and turned her hand to film producing, all the while keeping up with her day job of fund management. Her latest project is a neighbourhood restaurant in Barnes, opening this week, in memory of her eldest daughter, who died in 1998. Horlick talks to Square Meal about the origins of the restaurant, her confidence that it will succeed, and her top destinations for a power lunch.

Interview with Jeremy Lee - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Jeremy Lee

Although acclaimed by chefs and critics, Jeremy Lee has always been something of a best-kept secret. But with a move to Quo Vadis in Soho, the charismatic Scotsman is stepping into the limelight, says Ben McCormack.

Interview with Mugaritz’s Andoni Aduriz - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Mugaritz’s Andoni Aduriz

Mugaritz, in San Sebastián, is one of the most prestigious restaurants in the world – it has two Michelin stars and was ranked number three in the 2011 S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best awards. With the 2012 awards looming tonight, and Noma having topped the list for the past two years, all eyes will be on the top three restaurants – Noma, El Celler de Can Roca, and Mugaritz – to see whether the judges will crown a new number one. Square Meal talked to Mugaritz’s Andoni Aduriz (pictured) about the 50 Best awards, his chances of winning, and his new book.

Starter for 10: interview with Ollie Dabbous - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Ollie Dabbous

London’s hottest chef right now is 31-year-old Ollie Dabbous. His self-named Fitzrovia restaurant has had the critics swooning since opening in January, and dinner is fully booked until September. Square Meal meets the chef of the moment to find out what he thinks about all the fuss, as well as his opinions on everything from bloggers to the ‘best’ restaurants in the world.

Starter for 10: interview with Anna Hansen - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Anna Hansen

Anna Hansen opened The Providores with Peter Gordon in 2001 before setting up on her own with The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell in 2008. She tells Square Meal the truth about fusion food, her guilty food pleasure, and why shouting is a no-no in her restaurant.

Starter for 10: interview with Virgilio Martinez - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Virgilio Martinez

At the start of the year, Square Meal tipped Peruvian food – and South American cuisine in general – as one of the big trends for 2012. May will see the launch of Lima, a London venture spearheaded by Virgilio Martinez, whose Lima-based restaurant, Central, is a big deal in his native Peru. Square Meal caught up with Martinez to find out what Londoners can expect from his new restaurant.

Interview with Raymond Blanc - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc OBE has judged the ‘sustainable fish’ category of the City of London Corporation’s Sustainable City Awards 2012, whose winners are to be announced on 1 March. A passionate campaigner for ethical food practices for nearly two decades, Blanc was a pioneer of the sustainable fish movement, and his two-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons was the first Michelin-rated establishment to be accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council. Square Meal asked the French chef for his take on sustainability issues in the restaurant world.

Interview with Ferran Adrià  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià, the powerhouse behind El Bulli, which won the title of World’s Best Restaurant a record-breaking five times, has not rested on his laurels since the restaurant closed in June this year. First up is a new cookbook, detailing the ‘normal recipes for normal people’ that the kitchen team would cook for its daily sit-down lunch. The chef is also transforming his restaurant into the El Bulli Foundation, a centre of learning and experimentation with cuisine, which will open in 2014. And a Hollywood movie is in the pipeline, which will bring to life the story of Adrià’s restaurant. The iconoclast chef talked to Square Meal about his life and work.

Starter for 10: interview with Wolfgang Puck - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Wolfgang Puck

CUT opens today at 45 Park Lane, The Dorchester Collection’s boutique hotel. Square Meal caught up with Wolfgang Puck, the brains behind the high-end steak restaurant (which has branches in Las Vegas and Beverley Hills), to find out more about the new branch in London. He talked celebrities, serving steak at the Oscars party, and why he can’t carry macaroons in his hand luggage.

Interview with Francesco Mazzei - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Francesco Mazzei

L’Anima’s Francesco Mazzei talked to Square Meal about his latest venture – L’Anima Café, set to open in London next summer. The charismatic chef also let rip about the ‘shocking’ Italian food he encountered when he first came to the UK, the hell of ‘plastic’ crabsticks, and why you should always wash a chopping board before using it.

Interview with Pierre Gagnaire - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Pierre Gagnaire

Pierre Gagnaire, ‘executive master chef’ at Sketch on Mayfair’s Conduit Street, talks to Square Meal about the differences between France and England, including the produce, the press and the punters.

Kitchen Confidential: Angela Hartnett - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential: Angela Hartnett

Angela Hartnett talks Square Meal through the kitchen of her home, a five-storey Georgian house in Spitalfields, east London that she’s lived in for the last seven years with her sister and her Jack Russell, Alfie. The chef patron of Murano also tells us about her favourite gadgets and the memories they hold.

Let’s do lunch: Dermot O’Leary - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Let’s do lunch: Dermot O’Leary

TV’s Dermot O’Leary talked to Square Meal about the Fishy Fishy brasserie chain he co-owns with two friends, his film projects, and how Simon Cowell really is a nice guy. Here are 10 facts you might not know about the X-Factor presenter.

Starter for 10: interview with René Redzepi - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with René Redzepi

Great Dane René Redzepi, of World’s Best Restaurant Noma, came to town to take part in Taste of London. He found time to tell us more about himself, and revealed that he’s a big hippy, appreciating the simple things in life, preaching peace in the kitchen and running his team as one big happy family.

The Playboy Club soft launches: interview with Judy Joo - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles The Playboy Club soft launches: interview with Judy Joo

The new Playboy Club officially launches in London on Saturday 4 June, and is soft opening all this week. The private members’ club will include a casino, a nightclub, a cocktail bar and a restaurant. We caught up with executive chef and star of Iron Chef UK Judy Joo (pictured, right) to talk about the food, the feel and those 'demure' Playboy bunnies.

Starter for 10: interview with Angela Hartnett - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Angela Hartnett

Seven months after buying restaurant Murano from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, things are looking rosy for Britain’s most famous female chef, Angela Hartnett. July sees the publication of her second cookbook, A Taste of Home, and she found time out from her busy schedule to talk about home life with us, including her love of ready-salted crisps and Italians’ worst habits.

Starter for 10: interview with Tom and Ed Martin  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Tom and Ed Martin

Brothers Tom and Ed Martin, owners of London gastropubs including The Botanist on Sloane Square, The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea and The Gun in Docklands, are set to open two new City venues this summer – a restaurant and a gastropub – both on Chiswell Street. The pair talked to Square Meal about childhood memories of mock turtle soup, their working relationship, and the celebrity siblings they most resemble.

Starter for 10: interview with José Pizarro - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with José Pizarro

Spanish chef José Pizarro, formerly of Tapas Brindisa, is about to open his first solo venture – a laid-back tapas and sherry bar on Bermondsey Street called José. With preparations under way for a mid-May launch, he talked to Square Meal about his project, and revealed a bit about himself along the way: from his love of the simple things in life, such as roast dinners and his mum’s tomato soup, to the roadside snack that really turns his stomach.

Starter for 10: interview with Daniel Boulud - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Daniel Boulud

Superstar chef Daniel Boulud touched down in London just for a few days to celebrate the first anniversary of Bar Boulud at The Mandarin Oriental. He took time out of the kitchen – and his busy schedule – for a chat with Square Meal. Read about the Lyon-born chef’s plans for a career in horseracing, how he cooked for the French president and his thoughts on Gummi bears – and find out who has a man crush on him.

Quick-fire interview with Jason Atherton  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Quick-fire interview with Jason Atherton

The launch of Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social is gearing up to be the year’s biggest event since Dinner-by-Heston-mania gripped the nation’s foodies in January. Square Meal grabbed a quick chat with the ex-Maze star in the run-up to the debut night of his first solo project to ask him about the highs and lows of such a venture, and what diners can expect on 18 April when the doors to Mayfair’s hottest destination are thrown open.

Starter for 10: interview with Peter Gordon - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: interview with Peter Gordon

Kiwi chef Peter Gordon has had a busy few months. In January, he launched fusion restaurant Kopapa, in Covent Garden. Earlier this month, his charity event, Who’s Cooking Dinner? – where some of London's top chefs cook for the highest bidding table – raised nearly half a million pounds for Leuka, an organisation that funds research into leukaemia. Square Meal got the low-down on what makes this unstoppable chef tick, from the joys of Elizabeth David to the horror of poached beef with kiwi-fruit salsa.

Starter for 10: Jean-Georges Vongerichten - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for 10: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Although Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the kings of the New York dining scene, over in London he’s best known for his Knightsbridge restaurant Vong at The Berkeley, which closed in 2003. Vongerichten’s long-awaited comeback took place in February with the launch of Spice Market. Square Meal caught up with the French-born chef and found out why turtle jelly, fried ants and deer-antler shavings will definitely be off the menu.

Starter for 10: interview with Silvena Rowe - Recent London restaurant openings Starter for 10: interview with Silvena Rowe

Silvena Rowe certainly had a lot to talk about when Square Meal met up with her. The cookery author, food columnist, TV cook, consultant and soon-to-be chef-patron of Quince at The May Fair Hotel has managed to pack a lot into life, and shows no signs of slowing down. Read straight-talking Silvena’s take on celebrity, what she thinks of ‘greasy doner kebabs’, and the real reason she can never go without dessert.

Starter for ten: interview with Heston Blumenthal - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Starter for ten: interview with Heston Blumenthal

Ever wondered what makes Heston Blumenthal tick? Square Meal caught up with the chef of the moment and subjected him to a burst of quick-fire questioning. Read about explosive misadventures in the kitchen of The Fat Duck, Heston’s love of pork pies, and his thoughts on which is the best restaurant accolade to win. Look out for an in-depth interview with Heston in the Spring issue of Square Meal Lifestyle magazine, where he talks about Dinner, his mad professor image and that Christmas pudding.

Kitchen Confidential - Tom Aikens - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential - Tom Aikens

Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens talks Tania Ballantine through the kitchen of his Battersea home

Kitchen Confidential: Richard Corrigan - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential: Richard Corrigan

Irish chef Richard Corrigan talks Tania Ballantine through the kitchen of his Muswell Hill home

Kitchen Confidential: Thomasina Miers - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential: Thomasina Miers

Masterchef winner and Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers talks Tania Ballantine through the kitchen of her Kensal Rise home

Kitchen Confidential - Atul Kochhar - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential - Atul Kochhar

Benares’ Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochhar, talks Tania Daniels through the kitchen of his Osterley home

Kitchen Confidential - Giorgio Locatelli - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Kitchen Confidential - Giorgio Locatelli

At home in Camden, Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli tells Tania Daniels what makes the perfect kitchen