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with Astrid Haynez

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with Chloe Lonsdale

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Our Stylemakers

Luis da Silva

Master florist

With 15 years’ experience in floristry, Luis da Silva is course director at McQueens Flower School, and also plays a key role on the events team, designing displays for Vanity Fair’s Oscars party, and Cannes Film Festival. He qualified at Capel Manor, then worked for some of the top florists in the UK, namely Moyses Stevens, Rob Van Helden, Detta Phillips and Angel Flowers. Luis is responsible for the in-house flower displays at Claridge’s.


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Sarah Glenny

Plantswoman

Sarah Glenny is the outdoor plant and shop manager at Clifton Nurseries, and an expert in bedding and tender plants. She is a trained florist with an MA in sculpture, and has worked at Clifton for almost a decade. She loves combining horticultural knowledge with creative skills, and is always striving to stock the nursery with new and unusual plants.


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Astrid Haynez

Fearless florist

Born and bred in Paris, Astrid Haynez of Wild at Heart began in floristry at 13, as a junior in her aunt’s flower shop. She studied art history, and has dabbled in visual merchandising and interior design. She is inspired by fashion and the visual arts, especially art deco and the 1930s. She prefers a classic and timeless look, ‘because trends aren’t actually trendy,’ she says.


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Anna and Britt

Good-looking publishers

Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen founded and now run Visual Editions, based in Clerkenwell. They publish books and produce apps and events that are all, in some way, about making ‘great-looking stories’.


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Christian and Reuben

Rebel woodworkers

Christian Dillon and Reuben Le Prevost started East London Furniture in 2011. Entirely self-taught, they make stools, tables and lights from discarded builders’ pallets and wood reclaimed from old buildings. They are planning to run carpentry workshops from their pop-up shop in Stoke Newington in the near future.


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Faye Toogood

Expressive furniture designer

Faye Toogood is a British designer. Her furniture and objects demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and experimentation. All her pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and traditional artisans, honouring the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material. With an academic training in the theory and practise of fine art, and a vocational background at the forefront of the magazine industry, Faye approaches product design with a singular eye.


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Pom Harrington

Rare bibliophile

Pom Harrington runs Peter Harrington Ltd. Established by his father in 1969, the company has evolved from a market stall into one of the world’s leading rare books specialists. From its Fulham Road shop and through its website, they have sold first editions from Ulysses to Harry Potter.


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Martin Brudnizki

Interiors man for Caprice Holdings and more

Born and raised in Sweden, Martin Brudnizki moved to London in 1990 to study interior architecture, and started Martin Brudnizki Design Studio in 2000. He now leads a team of 40 in London, and also manages an office in New York. His portfolio of international projects includes Soho Beach House Miami, Dean Street Townhouse, 34, Annabel’s, J Sheekey and The Club at the Ivy. Martin is now working on a line of bespoke design products.


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Matthew Cox

Antiques guru

Growing up in a family of antique dealers, Matthew Cox was destined to enter the trade. After six years of learning his craft at Newark Fair and Lillie Road, Matthew based himself in his beautiful home town of Stamford, Lincolnshire. For the last fifteen years Matthew has sold mainly to the trade in London and New York and top interior designers. You’ll find his pieces in various outposts of The Soho House Group, Anthropologie, Fifteen and Ralph Lauren to name but a few.


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Laurent Delafon

Founder of United Perfumes

Born in Paris and resident in London since 1998, Laurent Delafon developed the Diptyque brand in the UK before starting United Perfumes with Christopher Yu, launching Cire Trudon and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and undertaking private commission projects for clients such as the Berkeley Hotel, Faye Toogood, Kyoku for Men, Tom Dixon and Yauatcha. Laurent previously worked at Laurent-Perrier and the luxury goods branding agency Large Smith & Walford.


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Shini Park

Graphic designer and photographer

Born in Seoul, raised in Warsaw and now London-based, Shini Park is the graphic designer and writer behind the fashion blog Park & Cube. She launched the blog in November 2008, after graduating from Central St Martins, posting photography and personal thoughts on topics ranging from fashion to food. She also likes discovering secret London and undertaking fashion DIY projects.


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Penelope Chilvers

Spain-inspired shoe designer

Penelope Chilvers designed her first collection seven years ago, following a spell in Spain, where she spotted the fashion potential of the traditional riding boot. She has won renown with her beautifully made shoes, including the equestrian boot with which she made her name, sought-after urban snow boots, the Dandy slipper, and summer espadrilles made according to traditional Catalan methods. She now offers a bespoke online service; her designs are also sold at Selfridges, Liberty and Harrods, and fashion stores worldwide.


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Chloe Lonsdale

Jean genius

Chloe Lonsdale, founder and creative director of MiH Jeans, has jeans in her genes. Her father set up the legendary Jean Machine stores, and her model mother was the face of British jeans brand Made in Heaven, owned by Chloe’s godfather. In 2005, after studying fashion design at Central St Martins, Chloe relaunched the Made in Heaven label as MiH Jeans, which now has over 500 stockists worldwide. She recently relaunched Jean Machine, a concise collection of jeans for the modern man with an understated approach to style.


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Oliver Spencer

British menswear entrepreneur

Drawing inspiration from the worlds of art, architecture and London subcultures, Oliver Spencer founded his label in 2002. He aimed to bridge the gap between dress-up and dress-down, bringing a fashion sensibility to the mainstream, tempered by a relaxed attitude. The brand has now sells to over 100 stores worldwide, and has four stand-alone stores. The design is intelligent and sophisticated, marked by attention to detail, fine craftsmanship and use of colour.


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Kit Lee

Crafty fashion stylist

Kit Lee is a freelance fashion stylist, a third-generation dress-maker, a jack of all (creative) trades and blogger based in London. Senior assistant to stylist and fashion editor Marcella Martinelli for five years with the FT’s How To Spend It and Quintessentially, Kit now freelances for Asia-based luxury publications and advertising clients. She has penchants for fine jewellery, craftmanship and UK manufacturing, hydrangeas and fish-finger sandwiches.


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Bertie Cotterell

aka Bertie Bertinez

Bertie Cotterell, aka Bertie Bertinez, has worked in the fashion industry in London and Paris, designing knitwear, including his own range of knit accessories, Bertie/Bertinez. ‘I’m self-taught and learnt from old ladies, including my grandmother,’ he says. He works on the shop floor of Wolf & Badger, and commissions window displays for both the Notting Hill and Mayfair boutiques.


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Imogen Roy

Paris PR and blogger

Imogen Roy first discovered fashion illustrating her own punk-grunge fashion collections at the age of 12. Escaping from Scotland to London as a teenager, she cut her teeth as an intern at Vogue and Esquire, founded the blog Eight London, and freelanced for publications including Editer.com. But, as Diana Vreeland said: ‘The best thing about London is Paris.’ Thanks to a strategic degree in French literature, Imogen now works in PR and digital communications for French luxury leather brand Jitrois.


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Jessica de Lotz

Jeweller, story-teller

After graduating from Central St Martins, Jessica de Lotz won the Coutts New Jewellers Award, and was highly commended at the UK Jewellery Awards in 2012. She makes her narrative-based necklaces, cufflinks, bangles and rings out of her Clerkenwell studio and, with her brother, creates contemporary family crests.


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Sophie Hulme

Hot shot bag designer

Sophie Hulme’s work is the anthesis of the one-season wonder handbag. Her designs became popular in Japan and Hong Kong first; then, she captured the attention of Elle magazine and the British Fashion Council, who chose her as one of four recipients of their 2011 Talent Launch Pad award. The must-have status of her handbags was sealed, however, when Selfridges decided to buy her autumn/winter 2011 collection.


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Lucy Folk

Quirky-chic jeweller

Food sparks happy childhood memories for Lucy Folk, from playing behind the scenes at her father’s café to making her very first pasta necklace in kindergarten. In 2007, armed with industry knowledge after a stint with Berlin-based creatives Chicks on Speed, Lucy began to transform everyday food motifs – pretzels, popcorn, corn chips – into charming pieces beloved of Erykah Badu and Lily Allen. Her limited-edition wares are sold in boutiques in Paris, London, Seoul and Brussels.


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David Bradshaw

Style hunter

David Bradshaw is the founder of Hunter Gather. In the past he has been the launch editor of GQ Style, and creative director of Arena. He has worked with a number of fashion houses all over the world, including Prada, Versace and Alexander McQueen.


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Matthew Jessop

Basement barber

Matthew Jessop has been a barber for five years, after ten years of hairdressing in the fashion industry, working both in a salon and on shoots. He operates out of the Murdock in the basement of Liberty, and likes to ride motorbikes.


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Hedvig Opshaug

Nordic blogger

Hedvig Opshaug is a Norwegian fashion blogger, freelance stylist, editor and photographer based in London. With a background in sports, mathematics and finance, she headed into more creative waters in 2008, travelling to fashion weeks every season to soak up inspiration on the runway and on the streets, camera in hand. One of her mottos: live in the moment, and embrace all new challenges that come along – it’s never too late!


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Jessica and Alexia

Cult Beauty creators

Before launching the online beauty boutique Cult Beauty, Jessica DeLuca specialised in designing and implementing large-scale web applications for investment banks. Five years ago, she decided to marry her two obsessions – beauty and databases – and shake things up in online retail. Alexia Inge worked as a model, learning tricks from top hair and make-up artists, then as a fashion journalist and PR. Together, the pair founded Cult Beauty in 2008, dedicated to unearthing only the coolest and most effective beauty products from all over the world.


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Tim Little

Heritage-hungry shoe designer

Tim Little launched his first shoe collection in 1997 from his store on the King’s Road, and in Selfridges and Barneys New York. Since then, he has designed for many big brands, and was asked to revive the ailing Grenson name in 2005. He bought the company in 2010, having totally fallen in love with it, and has built it into a modern British heritage brand that now sells in many of the best stores in the world.


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Clive Darby

Modern menswear designer

Clive started his career cleaning the windows of Limeys boutique in Nottingham, and came to London to work for Browns on South Molton Street in the late 1980s. He went on to work with Richard James, then bought and rebranded the tailoring business Kilgour. In 2008 Kilgour was sold, and Clive launched Rake: a modern menswear collection of versatile separates that responds to an international clientele.


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Debbie Bhowmik

Superstar London hair colourist

Debbie Bhowmik is a London-based hair colourist with over 25 years’ experience in the most renowned salons in and around Mayfair, including MichaelJohn, Daniel Galvin and Real (Josh Wood). Thanks to her starry international clientele, she has been called the ‘Concorde colourist’ by The Daily Telegraph, and named one of the top five colourists in London by the Evening Standard.


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Patrick Grant

E Tautz frontman

Patrick Grant is creative director of E Tautz, founded in 1867, incorporated into Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons in 1968, and relaunched in 2009. Grant believes a man should always be suitably dressed, and aims to provides gentlemen with a ‘uniform for a life less ordinary’, creating elegant clothing with a dose of schoolboy wit. In 2010, E Tautz was recognised as British menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.


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Gizzie Erskine

Chic chef

Chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine is a leading light on the underground food scene, her hit events recently including the Korean pop-up K-Town. Some highlights of her TV career are Cooks to Market, Cook Yourself Thin, Cookery School and Iron Chef. She is the author of Kitchen Magic, and will release a new cookery book, Skinny Weeks Wicked Feasts, in spring next year.


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Alexandra Mann

Bright bags

Alexandra Mann studied fashion at Nottingham Trent University, and worked for Vivienne Westwood and as a stylist before setting up her eponymous label. With just one assistant, she makes bags and cushions in her studio in Islington, which she sells through her website, and at Liberty and Hostem.


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Sara Strand

Norwegian style maker

24 year old Norwegian fashion blogger and founder of digital content agency, We Don’t Do Print, Sara Strand has been on our radar for some time. Her off-duty style looks effortless – but is worth striving for.


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Adrian Moore

Paris scribe and concierge

After dropping out of a tiny liberal arts college in New England and travelling the world, Canadian-born Englishman Adrian Moore found himself working in the luxury hotel industry as a glorified dogsbody. Named top concierge by Monocle, ‘Paris’ Hottest Food Blogger’ by Woman’s Wear Daily, and ‘Paris’ Bad Boy blogger’ by Newsweek/Budget Travel, Adrian balances his life between his day job as concierge at one of Paris’ top luxury hotels, writing freelance for international magazines, guides and websites, and sucking the marrow from the bones of the City of Light.


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David Muniz

Rebel baker

Life partners and business partners, Outsider Tart owners David Muniz and David Lesniak started baking for fun when they arrived in London in 2005, then decided to set up a stall at their local farmers’ market in Richmond in 2007. They delved into archives of family recipes, not only their own but also from families across America, before opening their characterful Chiswick bakery. They don’t stick to any baking rules – rather, the two Davids experiment and create their own unique methods for baking. Blue Plate, their soul food joint, is opening next door to Outsider Tart this winter.


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Ramael Scully

Much-travelled London chef

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Scully, as he is known by all, started his culinary career at the age of 17 in Sydney, Australia. Now head chef at Yotam Ottolenghi’s stylish restaurant NOPI in North Piccadilly, Scully first worked under Yotam back in 2004 at Ottolenghi, which has four sites across London. His international CV includes the Bathers’ Pavilion and Restaurant Balzac in Sydney, and Correa’s Restaurant in Moscow.


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Miisa Mink

Nordic powerhouse

Born and raised in Finland, Miisa graduated with a business degree in international marketing an area in which she worked, before joining leading European design and branding agency Design Bridge Ltd in London. In 2008 Miisa invested in the Nordic Bakery after visiting the store and realising it’s potential. Since then, Miika has been integral to developing the brand, opening the new location in Marylebone and writing the Nordic Bakery Cookbook.


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Claire Ptak

Pastry chef and Californian girl

Claire Ptak is an American pastry chef, formerly at legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in California. She moved to London in 2005, and founded Violet Cakes, making delicious American-style cakes and treats made with seasonal, natural and organic ingredients. She began with a stall at Broadway Market then, in 2010, opened Violet, her acclaimed bakery and café in Hackney. Claire is also a food stylist and the author of three cookbooks: Leon: Baking & Puddings, The Whoopie Pie Book, and The Home-Made Sweet Shop.


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Alastair Burgess

Awesome barman

Older and wiser than he looks, Alastair has worked in the bar industry for 17 years. He cut his teeth in high-street student bars, serving bottles of Bud to the masses, then lucked out in 2006 with a job bartending in New York, at the world-famous Pegu Club. Returning to the UK in 2008, he worked at Quo Vadis club and Milk & Honey, before going it alone with Happiness Forgets in Hoxton Square.


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Luca Missaglia

Barman at the legendary Quo Vadis

Luca Missaglia is from Milan, Italy. He always knew he wanted to work in the hospitality business, and decided on bartending as a vocation following his experience of the exceptional service in some of the glamorous cocktail bars of his native city. He came to London in 2008 and, in 2011, after a stint at LAB Bar (London Academy of Bartenders), Luca joined Quo Vadis, the legendary restaurant, bar and private members’ club in Soho. Luca is particularly proud to work for Quo Vadis, as it was opened in 1926 by fellow Italian Pepino Leoni and, prior to that, was home to one of Europe’s greatest philosophers and revolutionary socialists, Karl Marx.


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Greg Malouf

Middle East-leaning chef

Greg Malouf was the executive chef at MoMo restaurant (Melbourne) for 12 years, where he delighted diners with flavours of his Middle Eastern heritage. With his former wife Lucy Malouf, Greg has written six cookbooks, each widely acclaimed for showcasing traditional ingredients and regional dishes. In spring/summer 2012, Greg acted as consultant head chef at Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond, and retained the restaurant’s Michelin star.


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Dave Pynt

Fire starter

Perth native Dave has done stints at Noma, Extebarri and the Loft Project, and last summer delighted Londoners with his Burnt Enz dancehall and barbecue at Climpson and Sons roastery.


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Ed Smith

City lawyer turned chef

Ed Smith left his job as a City lawyer one year ago. He retrained as a chef at Westminster Kingsway, and now cooks, writes and consults for a living. His food blog www.rocketandsquash.com features both restaurant reviews and recipes.


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Nuno Mendes

East End chef

Born and raised in Lisbon, Nuno Mendes has dedicated his life to exploring and cooking. His experience spans from his culinary training in San Francisco to working with some of the world’s leading chefs, such as Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, in New York and London. In addition to opening Bacchus in 2006, Nuno is known for setting up and developing the Loft Project. Following on from this, in 2010 he opened Viajante at Town Hall Hotel. Set in the urban landscape of Bethnal Green, the restaurant has received widespread recognition from critics, as well as a Michelin star.


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Carl Brown

Bartender and drink thinker at Dishoom

Carl Brown started bartending in his home town of Bury St Edmunds, then, following a stint under mixologist Mickael Perron, he went to work for Hilton Worldwide, latterly at the Waldorf Astoria. He later joined the Gorgeous Group, who introduced him to Dishoom, where he has developed drinks including the Bombay Pimm’s and the Naughty Gola Ices from the summer 2011 pop-up, Chowpatty Beach, plus the menu at the Permit Room in Dishoom Shoreditch.


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George Matzaridis

Master at mixology

Born in Sweden to Greek parents, George’s career started at the tender age of 16. After joining Hakkasan in 2001, with a brief spell running his own bar in Lisbon, he returned to the fold in 2007. George is now the groups senior bar manager across Europe and the Middle East and was recently voted Best London bartender.


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Jesse Dunford-Wood

Witty West London chef

Jesse Dunford-Wood is chef at the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill, where he cooks colourful, seasonal, nostalgic British food. He previously worked with Rowley Leigh, Mark Hix and Michael Caines, and opened the National Dining Rooms at the National Gallery in 2006 with Oliver Peyton. He has also done stints with Charlie Trotter in Chicago, and Mark Best in Sydney. He recently opened Parlour in Kensal Green.


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Geoff Robinson

Bartender and Happiness manager

Geoff Robinson fell into bartending as a means of paying his university tuition. He fell harder than he expected, and has remained locked into the industry ever since. After helping to open an award-winning cocktail bar in his native Vancouver, he ventured out to do some travelling. He ended up in London, working at ECC Chinatown. Following his stint there, he took up the bar manager position at Happiness Forgets in Hoxton Square, a small basement cocktail bar that has since been accorded some acclaim, including being named 12th best bar in the world by Drinks International.


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Giorgio Ravelli

Swiss chef in Spitalfields

Giorgio Ravelli is the head chef of Upstairs at the Ten Bells. He grew up in his father’s restaurant on Lake Maggiore in Locarno, moving to neighbouring Lugano for a three-year chef apprenticeship, followed by a year at Michelin-starred La Table d’Edgard in Lausanne. Since then Giorgio has worked at the Ledbury in London, Berlin’s VAU, and Cellier Morel in Montpellier. Returning to London, he became head chef at Upstairs at the Ten Bells in June 2012.


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Juliet Kinsman

Globetrotting logodaedalian

Juliet Kinsman is editor-in-chief of boutique hotel guide Mr & Mrs Smith. Her travel and interiors articles have appeared in titles from Condé Nast Traveller to the Financial Times. Among her favourite locales are her childhood home of NYC, and her London neighbourhood, Kensal Green, which she celebrates on her blog, Park Life. She is a connoisseur of coffee, cheap-chic cottages and compound adjectives; if she were given a pound for every chic hotel she’d written about polysyllabically she’d be able to buy her own hip hideaway.


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Sébastien Gaudard

Perfectionist pâtissier

Born in northeastern France, Sébastien Gaudard is a second-generation pâtissier who came to Paris in the early 1990s, working under Pierre Hermé at Fauchon, and succeeding him in 1996. In 2003 he launched Délicabar in Bon Marché and, at the end of 2011, opened his own pâtisserie on the Rue des Martyrs, reviving one of the oldest cake shops in Paris.


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Rosie Birkett

Intrepid travel and food writer

Rosie Birkett is a food writer and journalist who writes about chefs, restaurants, food and travel for The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist, Metro and Olive. Rosie has contributed to various cookbooks, including Nigel Haworth’s Obsession; and Phaidon’s new Where Chefs Eat. She is currently EasyJet Traveller’s intrepid food columnist, blogs at alotonherplate.com, and Tweets as @rosiefoodie. Based in Brixton, she travels the world to taste and report on different cuisines, recently specialising in America.


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Rusty Cerven

Senior Mixologist at The Connaught

Drinks maestro at The Connaught


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Gabriel Pryce

Rita’s chef and co-conspirator

Londoner Gabriel Pryce, head chef and co-founder of Rita’s Bar and Dining, spent five years at film school, then ran into old friend Jackson Boxer back at home, and was taken under the wing of Mat Williams, then head chef at Brunswick House Café. In 2012, he set about creating something new with Jackson and old friends Missy Flynn and Real Gold’s Deano Jo, and Rita’s was born.


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Tim Williams

Big-time barista

Tim Williams is director of operations at Workshop Coffee, formerly known as ST ALi. He came to work in food as a student, finding his part-time job in a market more interesting than his degree in political science. He worked in a number of the excellent coffee establishments in Melbourne, then moved to London in 2006, joining the team at Flat White in Soho, before helping to rebrand Climpson & Sons. Following stints cooking at the Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, and working in coffee in LA, Tim spent a year at Square Mile Coffee Roasters before joining what is now Workshop Coffee Co, dedicated to sourcing, roasting and serving the best coffee possible.


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José Pizarro

London’s favourite Spanish chef

A native of Extremadura, José Pizarro has lived in the UK for 14 years and worked at some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants, including Eyre Brothers and Brindisa. In May 2011 he opened his first solo venture, José in Bermondsey, winning hearts and critical acclaim. Then in November came Pizarro, just down the road. José has published two books: Seasonal Spanish Food and, in 2012, Spanish Flavours. 


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Paul A Young

Super-talented chocolatier

Paul A Young is a groundbreaking and inspirational chocolatier at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. Training as a chef before moving into the world of chocolate, Paul has a passion for his craft and a cutting-edge creativity that have won him many awards and seen him ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers. Paul now has three chocolateries in London, including his flagship store on Wardour Street in Soho.


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Justin Gellatly

Revered baker

Justin Piers Gellatly is head baker at St John Bakery. He began working with Fergus Henderson behind the stoves at St John in 2000, but moved across to the pastry section before long, and became head baker for the group. He is co-author of Beyond Nose to Tail and The Complete Nose To Tail, and the creator of those doughnuts.


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Nieves Barragán Mohacho

Spanish chef

Growing up in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother in Spain’s Basque region, gave Nieves a gronding in Spanish cooking.

Joining Fino in 2003 as a sous chef, she had taken over the kitchen within the space of four years. In 2008, Nieves became executive head chef overseeing the kitchens of both Barrafina and Fino.


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James Hickson

Curly barman

Head bartender at the new Clove Club, James Hickson was previously head barman at St John, and also worked on the openings of Great Queen Street and the Canton Arms. He has worked in New York and, more recently, at Moro and Morito in Clerkenwell.


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Ross Shonhan

Rock ‘n’ roll ramen man

Previously head chef at Zuma, a role for which he was headhunted in 2007, Ross Shonhan opened Bone Daddies ramen bar in Soho at the end of 2012. Born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Queensland, Australia, Ross grew up with an innate appreciation of natural produce and quality cooking. He served his apprenticeship in the tough kitchens of some of Brisbane’s top European and Asian restaurants, where he first learnt about Japanese cuisine and seafood. In 2001, he moved to London, where he worked at Asia de Cuba and the Dorchester. In the USA, he learnt all about Mexican cuisine and BBQ, before becoming head chef at Nobu Dallas in 2005.


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Emilie Holmes

Tea champion

After leaving university with a language degree, Emilie joined ad agency Ogilvy & Mather in London. Secretly harbouring a desire to improve the nations brew, Emilie bored colleagues, friends and family with her dream of setting up a tea company to solve her eternal frustration of not being able to get a decent cuppa. In 2012, Emilie finally took the plunge, quitting her job and launched Good & Proper Tea. The rest they say…


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Keith Cooke

Charming Viajante bar guy

Keith Cooke, aka Cookie, started out doing the drinks at friends’ parties, and went on to work on events in the UK and abroad. He arrived on the doorstep of Viajante in Bethnal Green in 2011, and has created, as well as served, some superb cocktails for his East London and international clientele.


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Phil Usher

Uber pastry chef

Phil Usher, group pastry chef for Caprice Holdings, has been creating delectable desserts for 34, the Ivy, Scott’s, J Sheekey and Daphne’s for the past 14 years. He works closely with an army of pastry chefs – at Christmas, they collectively bake 10,000 mince pies for their customers. In 1997, Phil won the Academy for Culinary Arts Award for Excellence and, as an Academician, he sits on the panel of judges for this annual event.


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Lillie O’Brien

Gourmet jam maker

After four years as pastry chef at St John Bread & Wine London, Lillie O’Brien embarked on a career as a full-time jam maker, aka London Borough of Jam, fearlessly combining the traditional and the unconventional. She produces her seasonal jams in small batches using copper pans in Hackney, London.


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Chris Pople

Hungry blogger

Chris Pople writes the restaurant blog Cheese and Biscuits, named runner-up best blog in the Observer Food Monthly Awards, and one of the top 10 best blogs in the world by The Times. When he’s not out eating somewhere, he writes for various print and online media, usually about either cheese or burgers. He has been named one of London’s 1,000 most influential people by the Evening Standard.


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Oskar Kinberg

Dabbous drinks whizz

Before opening Dabbous with Ollie Dabbous in 2012, Oskar Kinberg was bar manager at the Cuckoo Club in Piccadilly, starting there as head barman when it opened in 2005. In 2007, Oskar won the London Spice Cocktail Competition, and then two golds and a silver medal at the 2010 Cocktail Challenge. He has taught mixology courses for the London Bar School, and hosted cocktail training sessions for various companies. He is often approached by drinks companies to create cocktails for them, including Bombay Sapphire gin for the Dusk Bar at Somerset House.


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Ian James and Nick Selby

Foodie retailers

With backgrounds in theatre and photography, Nick and Ian met in 1999 whilst project managing the re-development of the Wapping Hydraulic Power station. In 2003 the idea for Melrose and Morgan was born and they set about creating a grocery shop and kitchen providing the finest artisan products alongside their own branded product lines and cookery books. Their brand combines the maiden names of both their mothers and the clean, contemporary aesthetic carries through to their gloriously styled shops and packaging.


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Anna Hansen

Ms Modern Pantry

Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Anna first trained as a chef under Fergus Henderson in 1992 at the French House Dining Room. In 2001, Anna, Peter Gordon and partners opened the award-winning Marylebone restaurant, the Providores; Anna left in 2005 to develop the Modern Pantry, which opened its doors in August 2008. In 2012 she was awarded an MBE in HM the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.


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Robin Hancock

Oyster champion

Wright Brothers started in 2002 as a two-man family business delivering oysters to London restaurants. In 2005, co-founders and brothers-in-law Ben Wright and Robin Hancock took over the lease of the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm, and opened Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House in Borough. The Ferryboat Inn followed in 2009, on the waterfront at Helford Passage. In November 2010 Robin and Ben opened their second London restaurant, Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House, offering only the freshest fish and shellfish from sustainable stocks. Wright Brothers also supply London’s leading restaurants with oysters and seafood.


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Tony Conigliaro

Bartender and cocktail pioneer

Tony Conigliaro is not only acknowledged as a ground-breaking drinks creator, but also as one of the most respected bartenders in the UK, opening and running some of the best bars in London. He studied fine art and art history for five years, then worked in fashion prior to his involvement in drinks, and credits a broad spectrum of influences, from chefs and perfumers to scientists and designers. In 2012 he opened Le Coq in Paris, and published a book called, simply, Drinks (Ebury).


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Felicity Cloake

Culinary perfectionist

Felicity Cloake writes the weekly ‘How to Make the Perfect…’ column for The Guardian, and the New Statesman’s food column. Her first book, Perfect: 68 Essential Recipes for Every Cook’s Repertoire was published in 2011, swiftly followed by an ebook, Perfect Christmas Day. Her next, Perfect Host: 155 Easy Recipes for Feeding People and Having Fun will be out next spring. She lives in London with four extremely well-fed housemates.


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Denis Broci

Claridge’s bar manager

Denis Broci has presided over the Claridge’s Bar for the past 5 years. After working at at numerous London restaurant bars including Maze and Brian Turner Mayfair, Denis now manages a team of 12 and trains both staff and hotel guest in the art of mixology.


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Miles Kirby

Nomadic chef and coffee roaster

New Zealander Miles Kirby is Caravan’s co-owner, executive chef and head roaster. He began his career in Wellington, before moving to the Netherlands and then London, where he became head chef at the Providores and Tapa Room in 2001. In 2010, Miles opened Caravan on Exmouth Market: a restaurant, bar and coffee roastery. Caravan’s second site opened in August 2012 in the Granary Building, King’s Cross, where Miles’ nomadic leanings are evident in his signature, seasonal menus of ‘food well-travelled’.


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Uyen Luu

Cook, photographer, stylist, phở expert

Uyen Luu is a writer, photographer, food and prop stylist, consultant on Vietnamese food, and a very good cook. She trained in fine art film and video at Central St Martins, and later designed and retailed clothing and jewellery for her own boutique in Soho. She runs supperclubs in her Hackney home, and writes and blogs about food, recipes and travel; she is currently writing a Vietnamese cook book.


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Lee Potter Cavanagh

Hix bar chief

Lee Potter Cavanagh is group bar manager for Hix restaurants. He previously worked at some of Australia’s top bars, including the Victoria Room, Lotus, Hemmesphere and The Rum Diaries. Winner of many awards, Lee has presented at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, hosted the annual Australia-wide bartender competition Coney Island Bartender Bumfight, and been appointed Australia’s ambassador for punch by a rum brand from Nicaragua.


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Martin Morales

Restauranteur and owner of Ceviche

Martin Morales moved to England from Peru when he was 11 years old. A former Apple, Disney and EMI executive, he decided to follow his heart and set up Ceviche in March 2012, bringing authentic Peruvian cuisine to the heart of Soho. Martin also runs Tiger’s Milk Records, the restaurant’s record label. In 2013, Martin wil publish a Ceviche book, and a open a second restaurant.


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Rowley Leigh

Chef hero

Rowley Leigh, chef proprietor of Le Café Anglais, is one of the founding fathers of modern British cooking. After Cambridge University, he tried his hand at farming and novel writing before falling into cooking ‘almost by accident’ in 1977. Following a couple of years at Joe Allen restaurant, he went to work with the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche in 1979. In 1984 he took over their prestigious Le Poulbot restaurant as head chef, then opened his own Kensington Place restaurant in 1987; its blend of brilliant food and informal and buzzy atmosphere set the pattern for London restaurants in the 1990s. In the same decade, Rowley began a career as a cookery writer, winning the prestigious Glenfiddich award three times with The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph and the Financial Times. He remains cookery correspondent of the FT. His much-acclaimed book, No Place Like Home, was published in 2001. He left Kensington Place in December 2006 to open Le Café Anglais in 2007.


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Peter Weeden

Cultured chef

Entering catering to fund a degree in English literature, Peter Weeden never looked back. After stints at Quaglinos and Coq D’Argent he is now head chef at Newman Street Tavern, focusing heavily on provenance and seasonality.


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The Clove Club

Front-of-house dynamite

Johnny and Daniel, who own The Clove Club in Shoreditch, along with chef Isaac McHale, went to the same nursery school aged four, worked together at Manchester pizzeria Croma after university, and joined the same band when they were 26. They started their own band and moved to London in 2008, where they’ve been throwing parties as Chopshop and supperclubs as Clove Club ever since, all the while working at restaurants including Great Queen Street, St John Bread & Wine, and St John Hotel. Following a series of seriously good pop-ups, they opened Upstairs at the Ten Bells in 2011. The Clove Club will be their second restaurant.


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