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Mostly Food & Travel Journal

Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon

Chef Daniel Ayton

Chef Rick Bayless

Chef Stephen Boswell

Celia Brooks Brown

Bill Buckley

Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan

Chef André Chiang

Glynn Christian

Chef Gennaro Contaldo

Chef Josiane Diaga

Lotte Duncan

Chef Maria Elia

Michael Emmanuel

Chef Rohit Ghai - Trishna

François Geurds

Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris and Umbria’s Autumn Gastronomy

Chef Yoshinori Ishii

Arun Kapil

Chef Sanjay Kaul

Simon Kerr

Asma Khan

Chris Kimball

Chef Alvin Leung

Chef Willin Low

Ryosuke Mashio – UMU

Jekka McVicar

Luke Nguyen

Vassilis Papagiannakos - Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

Jancis Robinson

David Rosengarten

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé

Hisashi Taoka - Kiku

Chef Matthew Tomkinson

Chef Will Torrent

Chef Julian Ward

Chef Chris Wheeler

Chef Andrew Wilson

Dr Wong Lai Sum


 
 
 
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Interviews
of Chefs, Celebrities and Personalities in the food and hospitality industry - by Chrissie Walker

On this page:

Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon

Chef Daniel Ayton

Chef Rick Bayless

Chef Stephen Boswell

Celia Brooks Brown

Bill Buckley

Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan

Chef André Chiang

Glynn Christian

Chef Gennaro Contaldo

Chef Josiane Diaga

Lotte Duncan

Chef Maria Elia

Michael Emmanuel

Chef Rohit Ghai - Trishna

François Geurds

Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris and Umbria’s Autumn Gastronomy

Chef Yoshinori Ishii

Arun Kapil

Chef Sanjay Kaul

Simon Kerr

Asma Khan

Chris Kimball

Chef Alvin Leung

Chef Willin Low

Ryosuke Mashio – UMU

Jekka McVicar

Luke Nguyen

Vassilis Papagiannakos - Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

Jancis Robinson

David Rosengarten

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé

Hisashi Taoka - Kiku

Chef Matthew Tomkinson

Chef Will Torrent

Chef Julian Ward

Chef Chris Wheeler

Chef Andrew Wilson

Dr Wong Lai Sum


Interviews by Chrissie Walker

Vassilis Papagiannakos - Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

Vassilis Papagiannakos interview Chef interview: Vassilis Papagiannakos is a leader in the reinvention of the Greek wine industry and after decades of hard work he is now enjoying recognition and international respect. He and his wife Antonia started building this... Read More

Umbria’s Autumn Gastronomy with Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris Umbria interview Chef interview: Valentina Harris doesn’t have many free moments but I cornered her on a return flight from a culinary tour of Umbria. She is an unashamed supporter of the country of her birth, and conducts gastronomic adventures to Umbria and other regions... Read More

Ryosuke Mashio – UMU Head Sommelier

Ryosuke Mashio interview Chef interview: Many sommeliers are old, dusty and intimidating but Ryosuke Mashio is part of that new breed of beverage specialist. He is young, enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable... Read More

Chef Daniel Ayton of The Taj

Chef Daniel Ayton interview Chef interview: Daniel Ayton is a striking figure. Already tall, the addition of his chef’s toque adds another foot to his lofty stature. This chef is one of the most decorated and respected within the industry but is strangely overlooked by those seeking the next celebrity... Read More

Chef Rohit Ghai at Trishna

Chef Rohit Ghai interview Chef interview: Trishna has morphed into a group that now has a sister restaurant, Gymkhana, in Mayfair and a more northern outpost in Denmark. I guess that’s a surprising choice of location, but those Danes shivering in snow-driven winters are bound to appreciate the warming and aromatically spiced foods... Read More

Luke Nguyen in London

Luke Nguyen interview Chef interview: He is, for many of us, the face of Vietnamese food and travel. Luke was in London to promote his latest book, The Food of Vietnam, and I discovered that he is indeed the same animated and convivial character in life as he is on the small screen... Read More

Chef Sanjay Kaul at Chor Bizarre

Chef Sanjay Kaul interview Chef interview: There have been changes not only in the fabric of Chor Bizarre lately but also in personnel. There is a new chef at the helm and he is maintaining the high standards of Manpreet Singh, the previous incumbent. Chef Sanjay Kaul is enthusiastic about his new charge... Read More

Dr Wong Lai Sum, CEO, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation

Dr Wong Lai Sum interview Chef interview: Dr Wong Lai Sum took a brief pause to talk to us about this fascinating and gentle land that has an increasingly elevated standing in the Asian arena of trade, technological manufacture, and food and tourism... Read More

Hisashi Taoka of Kiku – Fish aficionado

Hisashi Taoka of Kiku interview Chef interview: Kiku was first established in Mayfair in 1978 and has gained a reputation for serving authentic Japanese cuisine. The owners, Mariko and Hisashi Taoka, are dedicated to presenting the freshest of food in a calming cocoon of blond wood... Read More

Chef Yoshinori Ishii of UMU of Mayfair

Chef Yoshinori Ishii of UMU interview Chef interview: One searches for a striking restaurant, and once found, one feels quietly impressed. Chef Yoshinori Ishii presides over just such a rare establishment... Read More

Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon, DG of La Maison du Chocolat

Geoffroy dAnglejan Chatillon interview Chef interview: It’s a very French company and has an equally Gallic director general in the guise of the suave and genuinely charming Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon. He has a lifetime of chocolate appreciation... Read More

Chef Julian Ward

Chef Julian Ward interview Chef interview: His restaurant is at JW Steakhouse at The Grosvenor House Hotel. I posed the logical question: It’s ‘JW Steakhouse’ – is that ‘JW’ you, or is it JW Marriott, or did you get the job because you have the right initials? Chef Julian Ward laughs. ’I think it’s just a coincidence – but maybe it was destiny!’... Read More

Asma Khan

Asma Khan interview Chef interview: Surely everyone in the Asian food industry, at least, must have heard of Asma Khan. Indian Supperclubs and events flavoured with family recipes that go back four generations is what this lady does. But I had never been to a Supperclub and had no idea what to expect... Read More

Willin Low - Wild Rocket, Singapore

Willin Low interview Chef interview: He hasn’t got a ‘serious’ chef persona. Willin rushes in and tells me to wait right there. He has some curry puffs that he wants me to taste. Just simple food and not even his, but Willin Low has not only talent but real passion for taste and texture... Read More

Arun Kapil – Green Saffron

Arun Kapil interview Chef interview: It’s possible that the names of both Arun Kapil and his company Green Saffron will be new to you but it’s likely that over the next year or so they will become, if not household, at least kitchen names. Green Saffron is an award-winning family business based in the famous food county of Cork, Ireland... Read More

Chef Maria Elia

maria elia interview Chef interview: She is attractive, petite and has a smile that seems a permanent fixture. Her warm and relaxed demeanour is indeed a genuine facet of her character, but so is her consummate professionalism and thirst for excellence. She is a successful chef and she just happens to be a woman... Read More

Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris Chef interview: One would think that Valentina Harris is the quintessential English lady, well-spoken with Home Counties proper accent; but there is something else. Turn the sound off and one sees the unmistakable animation of a Latin. In fact Valentina is only on nodding terms with Englishness... Read More

François Geurds – unassuming genius

Francois Geurds Chef interview: I have met François Geurds on a few occasions now. A couple of times at his eponymous FG Restaurant and also at the newer Food Lab. For once, the Michelin judges have awarded their coveted stars with logic and insight... Read More

Chef Matthew Tomkinson, The Terrace, Montagu Arms

Matthew Tomkinson Chef interview: He is a Michelin-starred chef and a Roux Scholarship winner but Chef Matthew Tomkinson seems untouched by his celebrity. He is a nice bloke who loves his work, and the rest is just the proverbial icing on the well-presented cake... Read More

Chef Will Torrent

Chef Will Torrent Chef interview: Will Torrent is a young chef and one of the most successful in the UK, but the name might not ring bells. He doesn’t have his own restaurant and isn’t famed for colourful language on the small screen. He is passionate about his craft... Read More

Lotte Duncan at Lotte’s Kitchen

Lotte Duncan Chef interview: She is blonde and pastel-coloured, although she has been seen sporting a sexy vamp-red dress when hosting a Valentine’s special. Dipping strawberries into melted chocolate can perhaps be described as the culinary equivalent of that celebrated ‘Cadbury’s Flake’ advert. Yes, many a man has his head turned by womanly Lotte... Read More

Alvin Leung – Bo Innovation Hong Kong, and Bo London

Alvin Leung Chef interview: Bo London will be the next venture headed by “demon chef” Alvin Leung. He could just as easily be described as “the Man in Black” due to his habitual costume, although not his personality. He is an easy chap to like, with a dry sense of humour and engaging manner... Read More

Michael Emmanuel - The French Horn

Michael Emmanuel Interview: We assumed the handsome besuited and formal chap who greeted us was the head waiter but it was in fact Michael Emmanuel, the proprietor. He is the General Manager and runs The French Horn along with his sister Elaine, and they have preserved everything that has made this gastronomic oasis so celebrated.... Read More

Chef Josiane Diaga at The French Horn

Chef Josiane Diaga
Interview: Josiane Diaga has a quick and bright smile but complains that her English isn’t perfect – she doesn’t realise that a French accent is an asset for a chef and particularly a French one. She was born in Marseille and I asked her about her family... Read More

Chef Steve Boswell, aboard the Glen Tarsan

Chef Steve Boswell
Interview: Glen Tarsan is one of the converted fishing boats in The Majestic Line fleet, a cruising hotel with a fabulous restaurant. Chef Stephen Boswell is one of The Majestic Line chefs and responsible for its celebrated cuisine... Read More

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé, Blue Elephant

Chef Nooror Somany Steppe Interview: Chef Nooror Somany Steppé is petite, attractive and vibrant. She explains that it’s part of Thai culture to be modest, but don’t let that quiet manner fool you – Chef Nooror is the founder of a successful international chain of Thai and Indian restaurants... Read More

Andrew Wilson, Executive Chef at Ashdown Park Hotel

Andrew Wilson Ashdown Park Interview: Andrew heads a team of 25 in the kitchen at the Elite Hotel Ashdown Park’s Anderida Restaurant but I caught up with him at the Bluebell Railway station at Horstead Keynes, serving afternoon tea on a polished and gleaming Pullman carriage during the Sussex Food Festival weekend... Read More

Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan – Singapore’s Sommelier

Ignatius Iggy Chan Interview: There are few restaurants owned, run by, and named after a sommelier but Singapore’s iconic “Iggy’s” is just that. Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan is an immensely likable, warm and animated restaurateur who has given his name to one of the most celebrated destinations... Read More

Chris Kimball – Britain discovers America’s Test Kitchen

Chris Kimball interview Interview: Christopher Kimball is the host of America’s Test Kitchen, a programme new to UK satellite and cable TV although it’s into its 13th season on the US PBS network, which offers quality broadcasting in a sea of mediocrity... Read More

André Chiang

Andre Chiang Interview Interview: He is handsome and tall with casual-chic attire, and has a winning smile, but when he talks about food his visage changes to reflect a serious regard for his art and passion. Although still a young man André Chiang has had a lifetime filled with food and restaurants... Read More

Chef Chris Wheeler - Stoke Park

Chef Chris Wheeler
Interview: Chef Chris Wheeler was born in Swanage, Dorset, on England’s south coast. His Dad has a massive allotment and loves gardening, and his grandmother loved cooking. “We used to run back from school for lunch and there was always something from the garden freshly made: vegetables, shepherd’s pie – it doesn’t take long to make a good shepherd’s pie!”... Read More

David Rosengarten - Global Gourmet

David Rosengarten interview
Interview: David Rosengarten is one of the foremost authorities on food and wine. He is a well-respected cookbook author; he is known by me as a very thoughtful, charming and knowledgeable man, but he is perhaps best known in the US, where he has hosted or co-hosted approximately 2,500 shows... Read More

Glynn Christian

Glynn Christian interview Interview: Glynn was born in New Zealand and worked there producing radio and TV commercials. He made the move to Britain in the early 60s, and is best known in the UK as a BBC-TV food traveller and food writer. He has been popular on UK television since the start of the eighties and the early days of celebrity chefdom... Read More

Simon Kerr: A Manchester Lad and Paški Sir

Simon Kerr interview
Interview: We have heard of Manchester, and it’s no surprise that there are lads from that fine city living in Croatia, but who is Paški Sir? It’s not a man but rather a hard-textured, distinctive sheep milk cheese from the Croatian island of Pag, and it’s the most celebrated of their artisanal cheeses... Read More

Rick Bayless – from Oaxaca to the Windy City

Rick Bayless interview
Interview: Award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality Rick Bayless has done more than any other culinary figure to introduce Americans to authentic Mexican cooking. He is an exceptional broadcaster with the same passion and conviction as, say, David Attenborough – only different subject matter!... Read More

Gennaro’s Italian Year of Passione!

Gennaro Contaldo interview
Interview: Gennaro’s Italian Year and Passione are the titles of Gennaro Contaldo’s first two books. But this is an article about a lovely man and his food. Born on the Amalfi coast in the small village of Minori, Gennaro developed a love of food while hunting with his dad and granddad and collecting herbs with his mum... Read More

Bill Buckley: Our Boy Bill

Bill Buckley Interview: Born in Birmingham in 1959 (but still sounding surprisingly young), he started his career as a newspaper journalist and came to fame on television in 1982 with Esther Ranzen’s “That Life”. The birth of BBC’s breakfast TV offered him another forum for his talents and introduced us to his musical side, a treat for any lover of witty, topical song. Looking for some R and R, Bill presented BBC’s “Holiday Programme” and later Radio 4’s “Breakaway”... Read More

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson interview Interview: Jancis Robinson is instantly recognisable as the wine expert with the soft voice....and glasses. She became popular when presenting The Wine Programme and later Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course. She is also the voice for several documentaries. But where did “Jancis” come from?... Read More

Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar interview Interview: Celebrity chef Rick Stein counts her among his "food heroes". Jekka McVicar started her herb farm over 20 years ago at her home near Bristol; it now has the largest collection of herbs in the UK with more than 600 different varieties. When it won a Chelsea gold medal in 1995, it was the first organic herb farm to do so.... Read More

Celia Brooks Brown – A girl for all seasons

Celia Brooks Brown interview Interview: Celia travels the world to film and find information and inspiration for her various food-related projects and books, and has recently returned from a month in Thailand, where she took Thai cooking lessons and ate a great deal! This very attractive, slightly built lady arrived here in 1989 to work in the theatre... Read More

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