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    The leaner restaurateur

    2017-10-20T15:47:00Z

    The instant success of Blacklock makes founder Gordon Ker’s transition from lawyer to restaurateur seem easy – though it was far from it. In the latest series of our Founders’ Forum Focus series, he tells MCA how he turned a damp-infested brothel into one of the most sought-after restaurants in London. Finn Scott-Delany reports

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    Fuelling growth

    2017-06-30T15:33:18.910Z

    Jo Cumming, co-owner of Food & Fuel, the food-led pub operator, talks to Mel Flaherty about expansion, working with Ei Group, the biggest changes she has seen across the industry and embracing the needs of Millennials

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    Homeslice - putting pizza centre stage

    2017-06-02T15:56:00Z

    With a disregard for any rules and a left-field approach to toppings, it’s clearly no traditional pizzeria. But, as Mel Flaherty found out, Homeslice is carving out a name for itself in an increasingly congested sector

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    Prezzo: 300 and growing

    2017-05-05T15:51:01.800Z

    As Prezzo passes the 300-site milestone, Jon Hendry-Pickup reflects on the challenges and opportunities for the group – including exploiting all dayparts, maximising the opportunities in at-home eating and rolling out three very different brands.

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    Bringing good food to the masses

    2017-04-20T07:58:00Z

    Here Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon and London Union talks to MCA’s sister publication The Grocer about the high street chain, street food, clean eating and school food

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    Italian lessons

    2017-04-06T08:31:00Z

    With the demise of its Union Jacks brand and the furore over its comments about Brexit, Jamie’s Italian is taking some strong learnings into the coming years. The company’s chief executive Simon Blagden talks to Joe Lutrario at Restaurant magazine

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    New Diageo boss outlines spirit giant’s big plans

    2017-03-15T08:06:00Z

    Diageo’s UK operations are in good form, but the spirit giant’s new boss Charles Ireland has big plans to shake things up while he’s in office

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    Tava Kitchen offers Asian angle

    2017-02-03T16:23:27.190Z

    While Mexican chain Chipotle is the model many want to imitate, Tava Kitchen – originally dubbed ‘Burrotis’ – is targeting a similar rise, but with south Asian food. Kerstin Kühn reports

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    ​Five minutes with… Charlie Carroll, Flat Iron

    2017-01-06T16:13:53.030Z

    This week, MCA takes five minutes with Flat Iron founder Charlie Carroll

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    Right in the mix

    2016-12-20T08:06:00Z

    Let’s start with a little quiz: Which fruit keeps Andrew King, chief executive of Funkin, up at night in a state of worry? “From a sourcing perspective, the one fruit I lose most sleep over is passion fruit,” answers King, who has been at the helm of the cocktail ...