All articles by Stefan Chomka – Page 2

  • News

    Eleven Madison Park is World’s Best Restaurant 2017


    Eleven Madison Park in New York has been crowned the World’s Best Restaurant, knocking Osteria Francescana off the coveted top spot.

  • Analysis & Insight

    Money off the main motivation for customer complaints


    Over half of diners expect a restaurant to take money off their bill should they have to make a complaint when eating out, according to a new industry survey.

  • Brasserie Bar Co (Raymond Blanc and Mark Derry)

    It’s all white now


    Five years ago, French chain Brasserie Blanc was a brand in stasis. But a revamp of the entire estate and a move into the pub sector means it has rediscovered its je ne sais quoi. Stefan Chomka reports

  • Opinion

    Like father, like San


    Family-run Italian restaurant group San Carlo is switching focus away from its northern heartland to expand across the capital. Stefan Chomka reports

  • News

    Bosi set for Bibendum


    Hibiscus chef-patron Claude Bosi is believed to be taking up the reigns at the Bibendum restaurant in Fulham

  • Analysis & Insight

    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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    Benugo sets out expansion plans


    Cafe and restaurant chain Benugo plans to double in size in the next five years as well as expand across Europe and possibly the US

  • Charlotte's Group

    Charlotte's Web


    It might only operate three London sites, but Charlotte’s Group is proving to be one of the capital’s most progressive restaurant operations thanks to its forward-thinking, young owner Alex Wrethman. Stefan Chomka talks to him about the growth of the company

  • News

    New Moon eyes three-pronged growth plan


    New Moon Co intends to open its second Mockingbird Taproom in the first quarter of next year, as it pursues a three-pronged expansion strategy.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Hawksmoor: how not to build a ‘London’ steakhouse in Manchester


    When Will Beckett told people that he was considering entering Manchester with his Hawksmoor steakhouse group he wasn’t short of friendly advice telling him not to bother.

  • Opinion

    When Hawksmoor met Harrison


    Last year, neighbourhood restaurants Sam’s and Harrison’s were snapped up by the Hawksmoor Group. But it wasn’t the typically hostile takeover many have to come to expect in the industry. Restaurant talks to Hawksmoor co-founder Will Beckett and Sam Harrison about what happened

  • Opinion

    Pitt the elder


    This month Pitt Cue relocates to a new City site, transforming itself from a tiny, rough ’n’ ready barbecue bolt hole to a bigger and more grown up meat restaurant (spoiler: it won’t serve pulled pork or picklebacks)

  • London Union's Jonathan Downey and Henry Dimbleby

    Jonathan Downey: Streets ahead


    His street food markets will attractmore than one million visitors this year and his latest business, London Union, is backed by Jamie and Nigella. Now, as Stefan Chomka discovers, Jonathan Downey has his sightson creating the world’sbest food and drink market.

  • News

    M Restaurants set out expansion plans


    M Restaurants is looking to open a further three sites in London, after signing on what it plans will be its fifth site in Canary Wharf

  • Des Gunewardena

    Gym buddies


    With the opening of the vast German Gymnasium in King’s Cross as well as a revamp of a number of its most recognisable sites, D&D London has smartened up its act, says Stefan Chomka

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    Analysis & Insight

    Is Signature a sign of the times?


    It might be the fast food restaurant brand, but McDonald’s certainly can’t be accused of moving too quickly with its latest menu launch

  • Analysis & Insight

    Pull the other one


    With every place that serves beer and posh pork scratchings now claiming the gastropub moniker, a new breed of food-led pubs has risen. M&C’s sister title Restaurant looks at five examples that are moving things on

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    Analysis & Insight

    Brisket cases


    With their hot sauces in retail, a cookbook under their belts and a sixth site about to launch, Red’s True Barbecue’s James Douglas and Scott Munro are fired up for further growth

  • News

    ​Noble sees potential for more Smokehouses


    Noble Inns believes there is potential to operate up to five sites under its Smokehouse concept in the capital

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    The Good, the Bad and the Eggy


    With two Smokehouses in London and all-day diner Bad Egg, Neil Rankin is scorching his name on the London food scene