Chef & Personality Profiles

Danielle RovigattiMeet the Sommelier from Diciannove

Ever wondered what a sommmelier likes to drink? In our new series of interviews, we find out what makes London's top sommeliers tick

Luigi BuonannoMeet the Sommelier from Bianco43

Ever wondered what a sommmelier likes to drink? In our new series of interviews, we find out what makes London's top sommeliers tick

Fabio Fiorentino, restaurant managerMeet the Sommelier from Cantina Del Ponte

Ever wondered what a sommmelier likes to drink? In our new series of interviews, we find out what makes London's top sommeliers tick

Yasuhiro KomatsuMeet the Sommelier from Kouzu

Ever wondered what a sommmelier likes to drink? In our new series of interviews, we find out what makes London's top sommeliers tick

francesco mazzeiInterview with Francesco Mazzei

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

andre garrett at cliveden 2013Interview 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.

welcome to my world_michel roux jrWelcome 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.

angela hartnett flipped 2013Interview 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 returns_gordon ramsay and davide degiovanniRamsay's return: the big interview

Square Meal caught up with Gordon Ramsay and head chef Davide Degiovanni at Union Street Café.

Andrew pern Star Inn the City 2013Grill the Chef: interview with Andrew Pern

The Star Inn's Andrew Pern is launching a new venture which promises to be Yorkshire’s most exciting opening this year. Square Meal caught up with the chef to find out more.

joan rocan interview_el celler de can roca 2013El Celler de Can Roca’s Joan Roca

The head chef of the World's Best Restaurant talks to Square Meal about Spanish success, gastronomic creativity, and working in a family-run business.

Aiden Byrne 2013Grill the Chef: interview with Aiden Byrne

Northern boy Aiden Byrne – once the youngest chef to earn a Michelin star – is raising Manchester’s profile as a red-hot foodie ticket with his new venture.

Marianne Lumb 2013Interview with Marianne Lumb

Marianne Lumb’s self-titled restaurant is now open. She talks about her career so far, her artistic nature and her time in the kitchen with Joanna Lumley.

Adam Byatt 2013Grill the Chef: interview with Adam Byatt

Chef and restaurateur Adam Byatt talks to Square Meal about his career so far, his latest business ventures and his future plans.

Mark Sargeant 2013Starter for 10: interview with Mark Sargeant

Chatty man Mark Sargeant talks to Square Meal about taking the reins at Plum + Spilt Milk, and life after Gordon.

JJ goodman and James Hopkins_LCC 2013London Cocktail Club owners talk to Square Meal

With a third London site planned later this year, bar duo JJ Goodman and James Hopkins talk to Square Meal about the journey so far.

clare smyth_my chelsea 2013Welcome to my world

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

JJ goodman and James Hopkins_LCC 2013London Cocktail Club owners talk to Square Meal

With a third London site planned later this year, London Cocktail Club owners JJ Goodman and James Hopkins talk to Square Meal about the journey so far.

danny meyer 2013Interview with Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer

US burger hit Shake Shack launches in Covent Garden today. Square Meal caught up with restaurateur Danny Meyer to find out what’s in store for diners.

welcome to my world_jason athertonWelcome to my world

The chef and restaurateur tells Square Meal about his favourite place to flash the cash and where to get the best pork pies in London.

alan bird 2013Interview with Alan Bird

Former Ivy head chef Alan Bird talks to Square Meal about his new venture Bird of Smithfield, celebrities, and why he should have become a candlestick maker.

Nicky Foley 2013Interview with Rotunda’s Nicky Foley

Rotunda's new head chef Nicky Foley talks to Square Meal about his Irish roots, his thwarted footballing career, and running out of turkey on Christmas Day.

Tom Sellers 2013Starter for 10: interview with Tom Sellers

The 25-year-old ex-Noma chef has had a stellar career to date. 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

The head chef at soon-to-open Beagle talks classical music, ‘ball-breaking’ chefs, and why Marmite should be banned.

nathan outlaw 2012Starter for 10: interview with Nathan Outlaw

Square Meal met the Mr Motivator of cookery – a chef with a 20-year plan – to talk about his new venture at The Capital, sustainability and practical jokes.

The KitchinStarter for 10: interview with Tom Kitchin

Square Meal talks to Edinburgh's most well-known chef about his city's food scene, maintaining a work-life balance and why frozen steak pies drive him nuts.

sanjay dwivedi 2012Starter for 10: interview with Sanjay Dwivedi

Sanjay Dwivedi, head chef at Coya, talks to Square Meal about cooking Peruvian food, kitchen disasters and touring with the Rolling Stones.

april bloomfield 2012Starter for 10: interview with April Bloomfield

Square Meal speaks to the Birmingham-born New York chef, who returns to the UK this week for a two-day stint at St John Hotel (30-31 October).

magnus nilsson 2012Starter for 10: interview with Magnus Nilsson

Magnus Nilsson is chef-patron of Fäviken in the far north of Sweden. Square Meal caught up with the in-demand innovator.

chrysan interview 2012_yoshihiro murataBig in Japan: interview with Yoshihiro Murata

Square Meal talks to the master of traditional kaiseki Japanese haute cuisine and finds out more about the launch of Chrysan.

kitchen confidential autumn 2012_florence knightKitchen Confidential: Polpetto’s Florence Knight

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

alvin leung 2012Starter 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 HowardKitchen Confidential: Phil Howard

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

mikael jonsson_hedone 2012Starter 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.

Phil Howard 2012Starter for 10: interview with Phil Howard

Celebrated chef Phil Howard is never far from the stoves of his beloved Mayfair restaurant The Square, where he has been cooking for 20 years. However, over the years his business interests have extended, first to smart Kensington restaurant Kitchen W8, then to The Ledbury (of which he is a partner), and now to Sonny’s Kitchen – a Barnes institution he has overhauled with Kitchen W8 associate Rebecca Mascarenhas. Square Meal caught up with the busy chef and talked cocaine, career highs, and Cousteau.

Nicola Horlick 2012Starter 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.

jeremy lee 2012Interview 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.

andoni aduriz_mugaritz2012Interview 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.

ollie dabbous 2012Starter 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.

anna hansen kitchen confidential 2012Kitchen Confidential: Anna Hansen

Anna Hansen, owner of The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, talks Stuart Peskett through the kitchen of her Finsbury Park home.

anna hansen focus on face 2012Starter 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.

virgilio martinez_lima_2012Starter 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.

raymond blanc 2012_Sustainable City awardsInterview 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.

ferran adria el bulli 2011Interview 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

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.

francesco mazzeiInterview 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.

jason athertonJason Atherton spills the beans about Ramsay split

JULY 2011: With spells at some of the world’s top restaurants under his belt, Skegness-born Jason Atherton struck out on his own earlier this year with Pollen Street Social, one of the most talked-about restaurants of 2011. He spoke to Square Meal about the venture – and revealed all about his bust-up with Gordon Ramsay.

pierre gagnaireInterview 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.

Angela HarntettKitchen 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.

Dermot_oLearyLet’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.

rene redzepi noma 2011Starter 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

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.

Angela HarntettStarter for 10: interview with Angela Hartnett

July sees the publication of Angela Hartnett's 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.

tom and ed martinStarter for 10: interview with Tom and Ed Martin

We caught up with publican brothers Tom and Ed Martin to chat about their working relationship and the celebrity siblings they most resemble.

jose pizarro2Starter for 10: interview with José Pizarro

Spanish chef José Pizarro talked to Square Meal about his new restaurant, and revealed a bit about himself along the way.

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

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.

peter gordonStarter 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.

jean-georges vongerichtenStarter 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.

Heston2Starter 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.

corrigan1Kitchen Confidential: Richard Corrigan

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

kyleHousewives Choice - Klye MacLachlan

There’s nothing desperate about Kyle MacLachlan. As he tells Fiona Sims, he’s fallen in love with making wine on his home territory of Washington State

tonycTony Conigliaro - Master of Invention

After years spent dreaming up imaginative cocktails for the capital’s leading watering holes, mixology maestro Tony Conigliaro has taken the plunge with his own bar. Clinton Cawood samples his latest creation

blair4Let’s do lunch - Cherie Blair

As the prime minister’s wife, outspoken Cherie Blair juggled several roles and gave the tabloids plenty to write about. Over lunch with James Kidd she discusses life at Number 10, her new freedom and her enduring loyalty to the Labour Partu

kitchconf4Kitchen Confidential - Giorgio Locatelli

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

maryportLet's Do Lunch - Mary Portas

She used her considerable retail skills to transform Harvey Nichols, but it’s as TV’s Mary, Queen of Shops that Mary Portas has found her true vocation, combining her first love of acting with her business talents. Sarah Butler meets the straight-talking guru

James May (landscape)Let's Do Lunch - James May

Rarely far from our TV screens, Top Gear star James May is not short of an opinion or two. Over lunch at his local, the tousle-haired presenter tells Bill Thomas how kitchens are just like garages, why cooking is killing DIY and how the French intellectualise wine

Jeffrey ArcherLet's Do Lunch - Jeffrey Archer

With a new book out and a fresh athletic drive, former prisoner Jeffrey Archer is a changed man – he still enjoys the best food and drink though, as he tells James Kidd

Michael ParkinsonLet's Do Lunch - Michael Parkinson

Over lunch in his own pub, chat-show king and man of the people Sir Michael Parkinson tells James Kidd about his rise from Humphrey Bogart wannabe to successful journalist and one of the country’s most iconic broadcasters

Alex JamesLet's Do Lunch - ex-Blur bassist Alex James

Forget the sex and drugs. These days ex-Blur bassist Alex James is happier with a medium-rare steak and a nice piece of cheese.Brian Viner joins him for lunch in the country

Francis Ford CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola On Films & Wine

When his filmmaking exploits threatened to ruin him, it was Francis Ford Coppola’s winemaking venture that saved the day. Thirty years on it’s doing better than ever and he’s back making his own films, as he tells James Mottram

Adrian ChilesLet's Do Lunch - BBC's Adrian Chiles

For Square Meal’s latest celebrity interview, Brian Viner heads to the City to meet the BBC’s Adrian Chiles at perenially hip St John

Monty DonLet's Do Lunch - Gardener’s World Presenter Monty Don

For Square Meal’s latest celebrity interview,Brian Viner entertains Gardener’s World presenter Monty Don to lunch at feted Italian restaurant Locanda Locatelli

Ellen MacArthurLet's Do Lunch - award-winning yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur

Brian Viner finds a rare window in award-winning yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur’s diary and catches up with her over lunch on Eurostar, en route to Paris