Chef Interview: Enzo Oliveri, The Sicilian Chef

Just over a week ago, an Italian friend Antonella got in touch to say she’d like to introduce me to a Sicilian chef. With my love of Italy and Italian food, meeting a Sicilian chef was an offer too good to resist and the next day I found myself sitting in the Knightsbridge branch of […]

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Interview with Bonifacio Brass, Owner of Locanda Cipriani, Torcello

I’ve been visiting Venice for over 30 years, most frequently in the last ten. Yet it took me until two years ago, in April 2013, to make my way across the Lagoon to Torcello. I’d been to Murano and Burano but not the tiny Torcello island. When I read about its peace and tranquillity and […]

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Chef Interview: Federico Sali at Tinello

Not far from Sloane Square, in Pimlico Road, you can experience a little bit of magic: you can walk through some glass doors and find yourself transported to beautiful Tuscany. Exposed red bricks on one wall, a wooden floor, Tinello –┬átinello is Italian for dining room – combines chic sophistication with informal homeliness in a […]

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Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse, Henley-on-Thames

It was back in December 2011 that I first interviewed exciting young chef, Shaun Dickens, for my Top Ten Cookery Books series. Shaun had arrived at Fallowfields, a country house hotel in Oxfordshire, a few months before with ambitions to turn round the restaurant – and he did, earning it 2 AA rosettes pretty quickly. […]

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Joe Allen: Looking to the Future – An Interview with Two of the New Owners

I had the slightly weird experience early last December of sitting in one of my favourite haunts in central London – Joe Allen in Covent Garden – and seeing the owner of a favourite local restaurant heading across the room to say hello to me. Suddenly Twickenham met Covent Garden. For only days before it […]

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