Latest Interviews – Page 5

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    ​Leon: ‘So many people are saying they can’t get food’

    2020-04-07T07:47:00Z

    Leon managing director Shereen Ritchie has told MCA of the brand’s ambition to reach the vulnerable and elderly as it launches a new grocery and ready meal delivery service today.

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    KFC’s Jo Tivers: “I love pickled and fermented ingredients - they go so well with the KFC Original Recipe”

    2020-02-26T08:26:00Z

    KFC’s NPD team lead discusses the success of its Vegan Burger, where KFC plans to take its plant-based menu next and why texture is too often overlooked by product developers.

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    Pizza Express: ‘We are starting to experiment with much more interesting flavours’

    2019-10-04T07:35:00Z

    Pizza Express’ food and beverage director, Jane Treasure, talks to Sarah Sharples about trends coming out of Italy, the pace required in innovation and why meat indulgence isn’t going anywhere.

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    Brewhouse & Kitchen: ‘Pubs are starting to think more like restaurants’

    2019-09-27T07:31:00Z

    Brewhouse & Kitchen’s head of food and innovation, Tommy Knight, reveals to Food Spark’s Sarah Sharples some of the dishes coming to the new menu in October, how he is using spent grains to make nachos and the possibility of a beer doughnut ice cream sandwich.

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    Nisha Katona: ‘What is trending is affordability’

    2019-09-20T07:36:00Z

    The founder of Mowgli chats with Food Spark’s Sarah Sharples about Yogurt Chat Bombs, the four pillars of her business and what’s emerging in the UK’s regional food scene.

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    Profile: Monster collection

    2019-09-19T06:53:00Z

    With a model of lucrative sites in statement tourist locations, The Inn Collection Group has its sights set on the lucrative Lake District. Managing director Sean Donkin lays out these plans from the group’s flagship Bamburgh Castle Inn, and explains why he won’t stray from the middle market.

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    Coqfighter: chicken for grown-ups

    2019-09-13T07:40:00Z

    In the early days of Coqfighter, a senior industry peer predicted that soon enough, they would be forced to ditch the vodka from their chicken batter due to mounting costs. The addition was inspired by Heston Blumenthal, with Coqfighter’s executive chef and ‘mad scientist’ Troy Sawyer using it to make the batter lighter and more crispy.

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    Profile: Wild things

    2019-09-06T07:37:00Z

    Mac & Wild’s co-founder Calum Mackinnon talks to Jo Bruce about plans for a new experiential brand, US expansion and capitalising on its retail arm.

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    Standard Bearers: meet the dream team behind London’s slickest new hotel

    2019-09-06T07:37:00Z

    Trendy US-owned hotel group The Standard is hoping to rip up the rulebook of high-profile hotel dining with its debut European hotel.

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    Gary Usher: ‘It’s annoying not understanding things on the menu’

    2019-08-23T07:11:00Z

    Ahead of a documentary tracking the opening of his fifth restaurant in Prescot, the founder of Elite Bistros talks to Food Spark’s Tom Lee about the pros and cons of cookery shows, simplifying menus and the many uses of a konro grill.

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    Generation Next: Chin Chin’s nitrogen ice cream

    2019-08-16T07:46:00Z

    Three-strong nitrogen ice cream specialist Chin Chin has brought desserts made using techniques associated with high-end restaurants to a much wider audience. Sophie Witts reports.

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    Bleecker: Building up a better burger

    2019-08-14T07:39:00Z

    Bleecker Burger may have one of the best quality burgers on the market – but is that enough? Founder Zan Kaufman grapples with high expectations, relinquishing responsibility and building a culture that goes beyond a world-class burger.

  • Simon Wilkinson
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    Big Interview: Byron boss on burgers, breakfast and Brexit

    2019-08-12T07:05:00Z

    It’s fitting that Simon Wilkinson joined Byron Burger as CEO on the first of May, aka Mayday, aka the universal call of distress. Established in 2007, Byron was once a leader in the premium burger space, and it was sold for a very tasty £100m in 2013. But it was subsequently troubled by a combination of new competition and the general malaise affecting the sector and it came close to collapse. In January 2018 it underwent a CVA restructure that saw it close around a third of its 67-strong estate.

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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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    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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    Crafting a legacy

    2016-11-25T16:14:00Z

    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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    Five minutes with… John Leslie, Intertain

    2016-08-19T16:18:13.957Z

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

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    Sector snapshot: Shaking up the UK burger market

    2015-12-22T08:28:00Z

    M&C talks to Randy Garutti, chief executive of Shake Shack, as the company launches its fourth UK site and its first outside London, in Cardiff today. He discusses how operating in the UK has made Shake Shack “up our game” back home, his plans for UK expansion, how the company is coping with wage increases on both sides of the pond and what trends he sees developing in 2016.