Category Archive: London Interviews

Heather Kaniuk, Executive Pastry Chef of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Heather is a young, sensible very talented lady who is now heading up​ the pastry department at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. She was previously working with the great Graham Hornigold, who is known… Continue reading

Hideko Kawa, owner and pastry consultant at SweetArt Lab

Put your fantasy on the run and it may not be wild enough to catch the uniqueness of Hideko Kawa’s creations. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu she first gained her working experiences as… Continue reading

Antonino Maresca, pastry consultant

Antonino Maresca was born in Sorrento, on the beautiful Italian coast where he fell in love with pastry and started his career. Extremely humble and reserved, he never put himself into the limelight,… Continue reading

Graham Hornigold, Executive Pastry Chef of Hakkasan Group

Graham is very serious about what he does, even if he is always smiling and teasing. He wants things to be perfect, flavoursome, to evoke emotion. And he wants a good team around him,… Continue reading

Ryan Thompson, executive pastry chef at Shangri-La hotel

In the tallest building in Europe, The Shard, which was created by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Shangri-La hotel is located in the 35-52nd floor. Hotel is not only known for the… Continue reading

Quentin Bechard, the Junior Chocolate Master

Quentin Bechard, this year’s winner of Junior Chocolate Masters moved to London from Hyères, near Toulon in South of France a year ago. His girlfriend Mathilde suggested to move somewhere abroad to gain new life… Continue reading

Chris Arkadieff, executive chef at Strand Dining Rooms

Chris Arkadieff was born and raised in Australia where he gathered his first cooking experiences and won an Ansett “Best Apprentice Chef of the Year ” award. He was cooking on the exclusive… Continue reading

Martin Chiffers, international pastry consultant

Martin Chiffers is a real renaissance man on the British food scene. It seems as if he was living a few diverse lives at the same time managing to cram into one day… Continue reading

Ten Minutes with Reece Collier, Head pastry chef at The Grove

Reece Collier is the one who will pamper you with the sweet delights if you visit The Grove, the lovely resort only 18 miles away from central London. As a graduate from Westminster… Continue reading

Michel Roux jr., Chef Patron at Le Gavroche

When I moved to UK, the first lesson I’ve learnt was:  “British cooking is divided between before and after the Roux family.” Even if history of British gastronomy is rich, the years which followed… Continue reading

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