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  • Marcus Wareing

    Marcus Wareing

    Years of self-discipline and graft have paid off for the steely-eyed chef from Southport. He tells Mark Sansom about the importance of putting in the hard yards to reap rewards
  • Virgilio Martínez

    Virgilio Martínez

    The Peruvian chef’s Lima Fitzrovia restaurant has held a Michelin star since 2013. He tells Imogen Lepere about making his first ceviche and where he goes to eat in his hometown
  • Raymond Blanc

    Raymond Blanc

    Raymond Blanc was born in 1949 in Besançon’s Franche-Comté region to a watchmaker father and home cook mother. After being told at school he would become a draftsman, he went to work as a clothes cutter in a factory, before finding the restaurant industry aged 19. He moved to Oxfordshire in 1972, opened his first restaurant in 1977 and Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison in 1984. The restaurant has held two Michelin stars for the past 30 years. Blanc received an OBE in 2008. His partner is nutritionist Natalia Traxel and he has two sons from his first marriage, Olivier and Sebastien.
  • Richard Bainbridge

    Richard Bainbridge

    Winner of the Great British Menu, Bainbridge opened his first solo restaurant in Norwich last year. He tells Imogen Lepere where to eat in his hometown and the restaurants on his international hit list
  • Michel Roux Jr

    Michel Roux Jr

    Michel Roux Jr never questioned that he would be a chef. But after 25 years running Le Gavroche his thoughts are turning to his successor, which is where the ‘best chef in the family’ comes in
  • Albert Adrià

    Albert Adrià

    With a restaurant in the World’s Best 50, the El Bulli legend discusses the food philosophy he shares with brother Ferran, creating new dishes and why he rates margherita pizza so highly. By Imogen Lepere
  • Jason Atherton

    Jason Atherton

    Opening 17 restaurants around the world in just five years, Jason Atherton is cooking in a league of his own. The chef takes a break to tell Mark Sansom how his empire is coming along and how he forged his own path
  • José Pizarro

    José Pizarro

    Having recently opened his third London restaurant, Spanish chef José Pizarro tells Blossom Green what inspires his cooking, where he takes lunch and how he is one of Tom Sellers’ biggest fanboys
  • Richard Corrigan

    Richard Corrigan

    Having started his career as a boy of just 14 and worked his way to the very top via the kitchens of Europe, Richard Corrigan is about as far from a fad-following chef as you can possibly get.
  • Steve Smith

    Steve Smith

    The Midlands chef helms Michelin-starred Bohemia in St Helier, and loves London’s cocktails and Barcelona’s tapas bars. A champion of Jersey produce, he’s inspired by Italy too, says Imogen Lepere
  • Glynn Purnell

    Glynn Purnell

    He’s the affable Brummie done good who’s equally at home cracking jokes as well as yolks on TV. But he’s also a passionate nonconformist with strong views on food fads and a serious supporter of his city, discovers Mark Sansom
  • Cláudio Cardoso

    Cláudio Cardoso

    The executive chef at skyscraping Sushisamba on London’s Bishopsgate talks to Imogen Lepere about his favourite hidden restaurants, where he travels and knives that are worth more than cars
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