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    The leaner restaurateur


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

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    Right in the mix


    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 ...

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    Crafting a legacy


    As he approaches two years as chief executive of Yorkshire brewer and pub operator Timothy Taylor, Tim Dewey has his sights set on growth – both in brewing and in the group’s pub portfolio. Just don’t accuse the 158-year-old brewery of not being craft. James Wallin reports

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    TGI fuelled by people power


    TGI Friday’s UK is set to embark on the next stage of its evolution, but the core pillars of the group’s success will remain its people-led culture and its experience-based concept. Mark Wingett finds out more

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    The happy wanderers


    Brothers James and Thom Elliot have created a fun-loving restaurant business where the vibes are as important as the food. And the Pizza Pilgrims’ party has only just begun

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    ​The life of Simon


    Earlier this summer, Simon Kossoff, co-founder, former chairman and chief executive of Carluccio’s, stepped down from the business, which had been his life for 17 years. He talks to Mark Wingett about the brand’s birth, development and his legacy

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    Five minutes with… John Leslie, Intertain


    This week MCA takes five minutes with John Leslie, chief executive of Intertain

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    Urban renewal at M&B


    Mark Wingett talks to Mitchells & Butlers chief executive Phil Urban about why there is no silver bullet for getting the company’s top line moving, but now the sector landscape has settled somewhat the business has an opportunity to make up ground.

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    Five minutes with…Thom Elliott, Pizza Pilgrims


    This week MCA takes five minutes with Thom Elliott, co-founder of Pizza Pilgrims. He discusses the brand’s main focus; excellent ad campaigns featuring James Blunt, the genius of Pret A Manger and running Glastonbury

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    For the love of MOD


    America’s fastest-growing restaurant chain has launched in the UK and is gearing up to introduce its ‘made-on-demand’ pizza concept and strong people values across the country. Mark Wingett catches up with MOD Pizza founder Scott Svenson and the brand’s UK chief executive John Nelson

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    Sweetfin tips the scales on poké


    Hawaiian raw seafood speciality dish poké has set sail for the US mainland and new fast-casual chain has quickly got on board on the West Coast to make the most of this trending phenomenon. Kerstin Kühn finds out why the operator thinks it can capture the market and expand

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    Red Dog Saloon has no time to paws


    Tom Brooke, the founder of American restaurant chain Red Dog Saloon, is gearing up for a pivotal year as a big investment is pumped into the company