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Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon

Chef Daniel Ayton

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

Asma Khan

Chef Alvin Leung

Chef Willin Low

Ryosuke Mashio – UMU

Luke Nguyen

Vassilis Papagiannakos - Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

Hisashi Taoka - Kiku

Chef Matthew Tomkinson

Chef Will Torrent

Chef Julian Ward

Dr Wong Lai Sum


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

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Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon

Chef Daniel Ayton

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

Asma Khan

Chef Alvin Leung

Chef Willin Low

Ryosuke Mashio – UMU

Luke Nguyen

Vassilis Papagiannakos - Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

Hisashi Taoka - Kiku

Chef Matthew Tomkinson

Chef Will Torrent

Chef Julian Ward

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. One realises right away that this is no ordinary owner. 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

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