A Minute on the Clock

04 September 2009 by
A Minute on the Clock

Each week, Caterer catches up with the movers and shakers of the hospitality industry in our Minute on the Clock interview.

From chefs, restaurateurs and contract caterers to publicans and hoteliers, we chat to the people of our industry about what they are up to.

The string of interviews also embraces other key players including restaurant critics, members of trade organisations, food festival founders - even London's food tsar.

Below is a round-up of our Minute on the Clock interviews this year, as well as a selection from our archives.


http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/06/02/333670/timothy-hollingsworth-a-minute-on-the-clock.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Jason Atherton, chef-patron of Pollen Street Social, talks about his involvement in this year's London Restaurant Festival. ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/29/335345/jason-atherton-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)Ian Platt, supply chain general manager at WSH, explores the benefits of buying British.

[Riddian Davies is the general manager of the Grosvenor in Victoria, London, which will be rebranded from a Thistle to a Guoman property following a £20m refurbishment. ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/16/335076/riddian-davies-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)

[Simon Gilkes is the director of sales at London's Savoy hotel, which is close to receiving its first guest in three years. ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/09/334985/simon-gilkes-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)

[Luigi Lavarini is the managing director of London's Spaghetti House, which celebrates its 55th birthday this month. ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/02/334906/luigi-lavarini-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)Richard, Earl of Bradford - owner of Porters English Restaurant in Covent Garden, London, this year became the new chairman of the Restaurant Association. Paul Jackson is the operations director at Chester Boyd, which officially opened the Garden Café at Buckingham Palace on 27 July. Peter Tippen is the InterContinental Hotels Group's director of relationship marketing for EMEA and is responsible for its customer loyalty scheme, Priority Club Rewards.

[Mark Philpott is the managing director of independent contract caterer Vacherin, which this month celebrates its eighth anniversary. ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/08/05/334581/mark-philpott-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)

Anthony Miller clubbed up with four city of London professionals to save their local pub, the White Swan in Twickenham, from administration.
[Jose Barrattino executive chef of the restaurant at Hotel Emiliano in SÁ£o Paulo, Brazil, and guest chef at Skylon in London's Southbank Centre.](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/07/21/334357/minute-on-the-clock-jose-barrattino.html)
[David Clarke, the chief executive of Best Western who appeared in the first episode of Channel 4's new Undercover Boss series](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/07/15/334300/minute-on-the-clock-david-clarke.html).
[Alberto Crisci, catering manager at High Down Prison in Sutton, Surrey](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/07/08/334243/alberto-crisci-a-minute-on-the-clock.html).
[Xavier Rousset, sommelier and co-proprietor of London restaurant Texture. ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/07/02/334161/xavier-rousset-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)[Mark Hellyar, Cornish owner of Bordeaux-based wine producer Chateau Civrac ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/06/25/334003/mark-hellyar-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)[Trina Hahnemann, the Danish Delia Smith and author of The Nordic Diet. ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/06/18/333848/trina-hahnemann-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)
[Regis Crépy, owner of the Great House restaurant with rooms in Lavenham, Suffolk.](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/06/09/333744/regis-crpy-a-minute-on-the-clock.html)
[Timothy Hollingsworth, chef de cuisine at Thomas Keller's three-Michelin-starred French Laundry in California.
Marc Bradley, chief financial officer of BaxterStorey owner, Westbury Street Holdings.

Anthony Seddon-Holland, head butler at the five-star Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa in York.

Gerard Basset, owner of Hotel Terravina and 2010 winner of the World's Best Sommelier competition.

Stephen Wall, owner of Vietnamese restaurant group Pho.

Charles Prew, chief executive officer of Barcélo Hotels UK.

Dhruv Baker, winner of MasterChef 2010

Daniel Smith, executive chef of the Wildebeest Arms in Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk

Tom Aikens, the Michelin-starred chef, on his planned marathon across the Sahara

Kamal Manhas, bar waitress at the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows

Rupert Clevely, managing director of Geronimo Inns
David Mulcahy, corporate events organiser for the Craft Guild of Chefs

Eric Lanlard, master pÁ¢tissier, talks about his new Glamour Puds series on Channel 4

Ian Sampson, head chef at Peterstone Court Country House in Llanhamlach and winner of the National Chef of Wales title

John Benson-Smith, consultant executive chef at Manchester City FC
Daniel Boulud, leading US chef-restaurateur who opens his first European restaurant in London this spring

Michael Godfrey, executive head chef for Sodexo at Eton College and Worldskills UK team training manager for cookery

Franceso Mazzei, proprietor of L'Anima and latest guest chef at Pizza Express
Roy Ackerman, restaurant consultant and industry veteran

Rose Gray, co-founder of the River Café and new MBE holder

Gary Rhodes, celebrity chef and presenter of new TV series Rhodes Across Italy


Daniel Galmiche, new executive chef at The Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire

Peter Taylor, founder and chairman of the Town House Collection which operates luxury hotels in Scotland

Catherine Gazzoli, chief executive of Slow Food UK
Glen Pougnet, managing director of restaurant charity campaign StreetSmart

Tomoyuki Abe, winner of the Eat Japan sushi of the Year 2009 title

Howard Ebison, winner of The Apprentice and manager of No. 1 Lounges
Beverley Baker, head of commercial services at Surrey County Council and chairman of LACA.

Steve Groves, junior sous chef at D&D London's Launcestone Place restaurant and this year's winner of MasterChef: The Professionals

Terry Wright, head of Compass Group's Eurest Services London RBoS contract

Thomasina Miers, co-owner of Mexican restaurant group Wahaca

Ruth Watson, co-proprietor of the Crown and Castle in Orford, Suffolk, and presenter of two BBC hotel-focused series

Darcy Willson-Rymer, managing director of Starbucks UK and Ireland
Adam Smith, sous chef at the Ritz in London

Paul Tchen, general manager of the Peninsula Shangai hotel

Patrick Browne, chief executive of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association

Heston Blumenthal, three-Michelin-starred chef-proprietor of the Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire

Simon Blagden, managing director of Jamie Oliver's high-street restaurant chain, Jamie's Italian

Carol Savage, founder of MyDish.co.uk, a social networking site for food lovers

David McHattie, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Hospitality
Paul Merrett, co-owner and head chef of the Victoria in Sheen, south-west London

Adam Freeth, founder of bar consultancy and cocktail school Shaker

Billy Hastings, founder and owner of Northern Ireland hotel chain, Hastings Hotels

Charles Boyd, chief executive of Chester Boyd and newly-formed Hamilton Boyd

Silla Bjerrum, co-founder of London-based sushi group Feng Sushi
Carlo Cracco, chef-restaurateur of Milan's two-Michelin-starred Ristorante Cracco
Bruce Poole, chef-patron of Chez Bruce in London and chair of the judges of the Young Chef Young Waiter competition

Nick Gratwick, senior operations manager at Compass Group-owned Keith Prowse, the corporate hospitality provider to Wimbledon >>

Dave Meneer, chief executive of the Jamie-Oliver backed Fifteen Cornwall >>

Duncan Sambrook, director of Sambrook's Brewery in Battersea >>

Michele English, pub owner and winner of Raymond Blanc's The Restaurant last year >>
Nate Appleman, executive chef and co-owner of San Francisco's A16 and SPQR restaurants >>

James Hoffmann, champion barista and owner of wholesaler Square Mile Coffee Roasters >>
James Stewart, general manager, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Wiltshire >>

Ashley de Safrin, business adviser, hospitality sector, for London's Business Link >>

Jason Atherton, chef-director at Maze in London and South Africa >>

Jonathan Howell, Michelin-starred head chef at Le Canard in Oslo >>

Maria Elia, Vacherin's head chef at the Gallery Dining Room at the Whitechapel Gallery in London >>

Gerard Sintes, general manager, One&Only resort, Cape Town >>

Rupert Sturgeon, general manager of Exclusive Hotels' South Lodge hotel near Horsham, West Sussex >>

Colin Prentice, support services manager at Eurest Services' unit feeding the Northern Ireland Assembly in Stormont >>Sue Williams, general manager, Bath Priory hotel >>

Mike Sunley, managing director, Lexington Catering >>

Rupert Ellwood, managing director, Vinopolis >>
Peter Kay, consultant to the drug- and alcohol-abuse charity, the Ark Foundation >>

Simon Elliot, co-founder of caterer Gold and Brown >>

Brian Turner, celebrity chef and judge at the 2009 Bocuse d'Or competition >>

Fernando Trocca, executive chef of steak restaurant chain Gaucho >>
Charita Jones, owner of Brighton restaurant Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack >>

Simon Wright, author and co owner of Y Polyn gastropub in Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire >>

Chris Staines, head chef at the Michelin-starred Foliage restaurant in London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park >>


Eric Chavot, head chef at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant in London's Capital hotel >>
David Moore, owner of London's two-Michelin-starred Pied Á Terre and its sister restaurant L'Autre Pied >>
Thierry Laborde, owner of London's The Kitchen restaurant >>
Paul Gayler executive chef at London's Lanesborough hotel >>


Duncan Ackery, food and beverage director at hotel group De Vere >>
Joe Levin managing director of the Capital Group of hotels and restaurants >>


Wayne Munnelly, Travelodge's new sleep director >>
Chad Fox, guest services manager at the Fairmont Chateau skiing resort in Whistler, Canada >>

Chris Meredith, Michelin-starred chef at Gilpin Lodge hotel >>
Imogen Edwards-Jones, author of Hotel Babylon >>

Pierre-Louis Renou, executive assistant manager of food and beverage at London's Sofitel hotel in St James's >>

Harry Murray Harry Murray, managing director of Lucknam Park hotel in Wiltshire >>


James Martin, celebrity chef and Strictly Come Dancing star >>

Alberto Crisci, catering manager at High Down Prison >>
Mark Woollard, ex-chef and funeral director and Christmas volunteer at homeless charity Crisis >>

Katie O'Brien, joint partner with chef Paul Kitching in the Michelin-starred Juniper in Altrincham >>

Johnny Sandelson, founder of GuestInvest >>
Adam Simmonds, head chef at Ynyshir Hall in Wales >>
Giles Coren, The Times restaurant critic >>

Una Smyth, C assistant front office manager at the Hastings Slieve Donard hotel in Newcastle and 2005 RAC Hotels' People's Award for Receptionist of the Year >>
Juliet Harbutt , founder of the British Cheese Festival >>

Jason Atherton, head chef of London's new Maze restaurant >>
Julien Foussadier, cigar aficionado and head barman at the Tunbridge Wells Hotel du Vin, >>

Andy Cook, head chef of Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant in Tokyo's Conrad hotel >>
Alexia Robinson, organiser of the British Food Fortnight >>
Claudia Manser, 16-year-old concierge at London's Four Seasons hotel >>
Simon Hopkinson, former Bibendum chef and cookery book author >>

Pontus Frithiof, restaurant owner in Stockholm that is branching out into hotel banqueting >>

Steven Doherty, restaurateur and chairman of the Ramsay Scholar judges' panel >>

Elizabeth Gradidge, Scottish landlady who has been named the best in the country by the AA >>

Martin Rawlings, director of pub and leisure, British Beer and Pub Association >>

Kevin McKay, new chairman of the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) >>

Daniel Clifford, head chef at two-Michelin-starred Midsummer House in Cambridge >>

Rainer Becker, executive chef at London's Zuma and Roka restaurants >>

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