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Chef Profile: Michel Roux, Jr.

Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Junior, 51, is owner Le Gavroche in Mayfair. He also runs two of London’s other leading restaurants: Roux at Parliament Square and Roux at Langham Hotel. He is the son of Albert Roux and the nephew of Michel Roux – two of the world’s most celebrated chefs. Between service, he also finds time to present BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals. We sat down with Michel to discuss the evolution of food, his culinary pet hates, and his favourite London restaurant. You’re one of the world’s leading chefs – was it always meant to be? I always wanted to be a chef and I couldn’t imagine being anything…

Chef Profile: the Roca brothers

Cellar de Can Roca sits at number two on the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list. Based in the Catalan city of Girona, the eponymous restaurant is run by three brothers: head chef Joan, dessert chef Jordi, and sommelier Josep. Together, they have taken their philosophy, which plays on memory and perception, to a three-Michelin star level. We met with Joan to discuss the Roca brothers culinary ideology, including what it takes to serve the best food in the world. How did you, three brothers, all develop a passion for food and wine? We are the third generation of a family dedicated to restaurants. We were born and grew up in…

Naomi Heaton

Empires are won an lost in the blink of an eye when it comes to the property market in my experience. So what does it take to establish yourself as a magnate in the field. We talk to Naomi Heaton, CEO and founder of London Central Portfolio (LCP) at her London home to try and understand what it took to build such a formidable reputation.  When did you purchase your first property, how did you raise the capital and where was it? I bought my first flat when I was about 26, I very much wanted to get on the property ladder. I literally beg, stole and borrowed in order to get enough…

Kozue, Park Hyatt

My knowledge of Japanese cuisine was only a smidgen above zero when I touched down in Tokyo. Despite the popularity of machine-rolled sushi flogged in supermarkets and the flurry of ramen houses that have popped up in recent years, the mass market (me included) is only familiar with a narrow cross section of Japanese cuisine in the UK. With this in mind, I tried to widen my horizons and see what the heck else I could trough during my time there. On my first night in the capital I washed barbecued beef, onions and bean sprouts down with Asahi. That was at a street stall with a squatter toilet a…

Tech Roundup – Film

As the ranks of the independent filmmaker exponentially expand and the funding market for new films grows, the team at Canon are carving out a serious piece of market share for themselves. What better way to kick-start our inaugural tech review than by featuring a giant-killing piece of kit. The influx of DSLR filmmakers has heralded a new wave of creativity flooding into the market. The next generation of cinematographers walks amongst you. The 5D – and whilst this is by no means conclusive – led this charge in my humble opinion. Those of us wanting to produce work without a bank loan or a budget for a RED epic were…

The Nadler, Soho

The Nadler’s facade is one of my favourites. It’s probably meant to look quite divine and heavenly – after all, it’s a statue of an angel – but it’s actually quite demonic: black with pins protruding from the face and body. Still, there’s a certain beauty about it, one that exudes class and otherness; something out of the ordinary. This understated hotel is located just off Soho Square and strikes the perfect balance between form and function. There’s nothing superfluous here, just tasteful, clean design, a blend of business and pleasure. The colours are warm and elegant, which is exactly what you want from a hotel. Check-in was one of…

Upper Street

Let’s face it, we are all self-confessed fashion gurus in our own right. We all know a pair of shoes to match every outfit is a necessity, in order to really stand out at any occasion. Imagine being given the opportunity to design your own unique pair of shoes. Gone are the days of frustration, trailing from shop to shop to find the exact desired shoe. Not the correct shade or colour; not the right heel height; ‘these would be lovely, if only they were completed to an entirely different specification’; not flowers but stripes. The list is endless. However, going home empty-handed and feeling deflated because the current fashion…

HSCC

In 2011, more than 331,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Coping with cancer is one of the most difficult things that anyone will have to deal with. Finding appropriate care and treatment can be a life-consuming process, not only for the person with cancer, but also their family. We visited the Harley Street Cancer Concierge to find out about their groundbreaking approach to cancer care and treatment. Co-Founders Darren Rowe and Alan Mackenzie were introduced in 2011, when Alan’s wife was referred to him to discuss personalised treatment options. Securing the right types of treatment and meeting with the relevant doctors is a job worthy of an…