Interviews

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  • Nothing but blue Skyes

    Tuesday March 12th, 2013

    Sydney born, Paris trained and London lived, Skye Gyngell is working with VisitEngland on their latest campaign. Devoted to the kaleidoscopic range of Britain's food and drink Gyngell hopes to promote the best of British in this latest collaboration. Lara Cory had a chat with Skye to find out what she loves about British food, and how far she's travelled for a good meal.

  • Chai & A Chaat With Vivek Singh

    Wednesday November 21st, 2012

    Snaffling yet another of Cinnamon Kitchen’s smoky-as-you-like lamb seekh kebabs wrapped in roomali roti, I give silent thanks yet again that Vivek Singh decided to defy family expectation and become a chef rather than an engineer. He's looking pretty relaxed, drink in hand, as he launches 'Cinnamon Kitchen: The Cookbook'. So what, besides working a shift on the tandoor, gets the convivial chef all fired up?

  • Good to the bone. Bone Daddies

    Monday October 22nd, 2012

    In the middle of Soho is a spot perhaps soon to be the biggest food draw in town, but right now it’s a building site. Nick Harman sticks his head in the door of Bone Daddies.

  • The Pub Landlord. Claude Bosi talks pork scratchings and ox tripe

    Sunday February 20th, 2011

    ‘I love England, I’ve been here over 20 years now, but if I ever catch myself putting vinegar on my chips then I’ll know I’ve gone native and it’s time to go home to France.!’ We talk to Claude Bosi about his new pub restaurant the Fox & Grapes in Wimbledon

  • Heinz Secret Ingredient Interview with chef Paul Rankin

    Sunday October 24th, 2010

    We caught up with chef Paul Rankin to find out more about the Heinz Secret Ingredient campaign that's encouraging the public to use tomato ketchup in everything from curry sauces to cakes.

  • Patten for life

    Tuesday October 19th, 2010

    A living legend, Marguerite Patten has influenced generations of home cooks through her TV and radio programmes, books and cookery demos during her 94 years. Her practical advice and endless creativity has seen the nation through war time rationing and several recessions and she is currently championing the resurgence of home baking, in partnership with Stork margarine. She talked to Caroline Sargent from her home in Brighton.

  • Limited Edition: Sir Peter Blake

    Wednesday May 26th, 2010

    Over lunch at Brighton’s ‘Table’ restaurant, Douglas Blyde talks to artist, Sir Peter Blake about his dream lunch and the influence of food in his desigs...

  • The best bistro in town - we talk to Chris Galvin at Bistrot de Luxe

    Saturday May 22nd, 2010

    It seems the bistro is back, although it never really went away but just got overshadowed by the mania for food with no soul. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe can feel proud that since 2005 it's never wavered from the true path and still remains the foundation of Chris Galvin's philosophy of eating. We meet the man with France in his Essex blood.

  • Getting the feel for Texture. We interview chef Agnar Sverrisson

    Thursday April 15th, 2010

    The annual January roll-call of Michelin awards saw Texture restaurant receive its first coveted star. A joint venture started by Icelandic Chef Agnar Sverrisson and Sommelier Xavier Rousset, both formerly of Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, the intimate 50-seater restaurant has been a name that has consistently appeared on best restaurant lists in the past couple of years. Sabrina Ghayour paid Chef Agnar Sverrissona visit to learn more about the restaurant and more about the man who is largely responsible for Texture’s success.

  • Food Foundations

    Thursday March 11th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde ventured to Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Hammersmith, to meet acting Managing Director, Jenny Stringer.

     

  • Befriending Mr. Dimbleby

    Thursday March 4th, 2010

    Over lunch on Carnaby Street, Douglas Blyde resolves an online spat with Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon restaurants.

  • The Greek Food Lover

    Wednesday February 17th, 2010

    East Londoner, Elisavet Sotiriadou provides an authentic taster of Greek cuisine through hands-on cookery classes.

  • It's his little place - we talk to Santino Busciglio, chef patron at Mennula

    Wednesday February 3rd, 2010

    The restaurant is little by some standards but he loves it."I always wanted a place like this. I’ve been offered a few places in the past, some were interesting business propositions, but I always felt it was important to only go with the right person and in the right location and at the end of the day this is a chef’s dream, a 40-50 cover restaurant, W1 location in London? It doesn’t get much better," says Santino Busciglio.

  • Peter Avis, Babylon's Restaurant Manager - leading a winning team

    Wednesday January 20th, 2010

    Peter Avis, Restaurant Manager of Babylon Restaurant, at the Roof Gardens, talks to Alan King about winning two awards in 2009 from the Academy of Food and Wine: UK Restaurant Manager of the Year in June, sponsored by Open Table and The Dalmore Award of Excellence in September. All this on top of Babylon winning Best Restaurant in London at the BT Visit London awards in November 2008.

  • Virtual Venison, Computerised Coffee and Pixellated Pâté

    Friday January 15th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde speaks to Kilburn resident, Marcus Carter, founder of the ‘first 3D virtual farmers market’ launched 1st January.

  • Tea Total

    Monday January 4th, 2010

    Amidst service bells and cake carousels, we share a brew with The Lanesborough Hotel's ‘Tea Sommelier’, Karl Kessab.

  • Passion and soul - we talk to Francesco Mazzei at L'Anima

    Thursday November 19th, 2009

    Francesco Mazzei is chef owner of L'Anima in the City, an Italian restaurant (natch) that's said to be one of the best, if not the best, in London. Never afraid to eat a bowl of pasta Sabrina Ghayour went to meet the man and be the first to hear his exciting news about his new restaurant, as well as watch him cook up her supper pronto.

  • Market Trader - Denise Tang is chic in Camden

    Monday November 16th, 2009

    Denise Tang,the creative powerhouse behind Market, Camden’s restaurant du jour, has single handedly transformed the way that diners think about the borough. Before Tang and her cohorts opened up in 2007 Camden’s culinary scene was divided between its vast array of inexpensive fodder and the theatrical extravagance of Gilgamesh. Thomas Henry trades words with her.

  • Still woking hard. Ken Hom

    Thursday November 5th, 2009

    Ken Hom is a Chef.  The grand master of Oriental cookery.  Despite being a household name, with 23 cook books under his belt and over 7 million Ken Hom woks sold, meaning that 1 in 8 Britons own one,  Ken Hom manages to remain a humble man who evokes warmth and has the ability to ‘soothe’ you with her calm manner, whilst making you laugh with his sense of humour and wit

  • Woman of the year - Clare Blampied – MD of Sacla UK

    Tuesday October 20th, 2009

    Responsible for introducing Pesto to our nation’s supermarket shelves, Managing Director of Sacla UK Clare Blampied has built Sacla UK into a £30 million plus business empire.Sabrina Ghayour manages to steal a little chunk of time with one of the most remarkable women in the UK food industry and we find out what motivates and makes her tick… (apart from Pesto, of course)