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The Handbook Meets Chef Nathan Hindmarsh

Existing as a quintessentially British gem sitting snug in Mayfair, The Chesterfield oozes charm, personality and some seriously yummy food. In light of this, we caught up with Head Chef Nathan Hindmarsh, whose aim is to “showcase British cuisine at its finest, tempered with international touches, using only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality.” Having recently launched a plant-based menu to run alongside the Chelsea Flower, Nathan talked me through his use of locally sourced ingredients and plans for the menu. How did you come to work at The Chesterfield? I actually just went through the typical stages. I […]

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The Handbook Meets Aggi Sverrisson, Patron Chef Of The Michelin-Starred, Texture

Aggi Sverrisson is the patron chef and owner of the Michelin- starred restaurant Texture and he’s on a mission to bring the cooking and ingredients of his native Iceland to London. We met up with him to discuss why we should all be eating skyr, how to make Christmas cooking less stressful and his food predictions for 2019. Texture is known for its Icelandic ingredients and dishes, what is the ethos behind Icelandic cooking? Iceland’s culinary ethos has its foundations in simplicity and purity, with a strong focus on seasonal and local produce. The harsh Icelandic climate means that traditionally, […]

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Made In Chelsea’s Josh Patterson Talks Fitness With The Handbook

“I’m planning on breaking a record in 2019,” Josh laughed cheekily. I’d asked him about his new year’s resolutions, and whilst most might reply with better posture, saving a little more money or dragging our bums to the gym, Josh’s seems a little more awe-inspiring to say the least. Enquiring as to which record he planned on breaking he fell a little silent: “Well, you’ll just have to wait and see won’t you!” Josh Patterson may well be known for dazzling audiences in Made in Chelsea, but it’s safe to say there are many more strings to his bow, including health […]

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The Handbook Meets Steph Burrows, Founder of POPfit, Celeb’s Favourite Dance Workout

We’re always on a mission to find fun ways to work out, we’re not about that treadmill life and we can’t get enough of POPfit, the dance-inspired fitness class created by Stephanie Burrows. Having trained as a professional dancer at the Royal Ballet School, Steph has also trained in the Lagree Method at Brooklyn Bodyburn; in Pilates at Heartcore Fitness in London and became personal trainer to her close friend, A-lister Kate Hudson. This year she opened her first boutique fitness studio and launched her brand new method POPfit. Tell us about the POPfit method? POPfit Method is a full […]

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The Handbook Meets…Mary Berry

It’s safe to say that Britain is obsessed with baking, a couple of years ago we could barely work out quite how to pronounce frangipane and now we’re whipping them up like nobody’s business (well, we maybe we attempted it once) afternoons are spent perfecting piping skills and Sundays aren’t Sundays without homemade cake and at the centre of it all is Britain’s most loved baker, Mary Berry who published her latest book this year Fast Cakes, so, The Handbook caught up for a chat: If you were only allowed to bake one thing and nothing else what would it […]

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The Handbook Meets…Tatiana Petrakova the Vodka Connoisseur

When it comes to jobs, Tatiana Petrakova has a pretty enviable job, brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka, and this year the vodka supergroup has launched a new campaign, ‘Raise Your Standards’. We caught up with Tatiana to talk all things vodka, how to pair it with food and where to catch Russian Standard Vodka this summer! How did you become a brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka? It happened over 8 years ago, when I was looking for a new move in my career having already worked in alcohol industry for a few years looking after central London on-trade. A […]

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The Handbook Meets Judy Joo

Judy Joo had already had a career on Wall Street before she decided to swap to doing something she was really passionate about – cooking. Having received her Grand Diplome in pastry arts she moved to London in 2007 and worked for the likes of Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, The Fat Duck and The Playboy Club London. Stints on television followed with Judy starring in Iron Chef UK and Iron Chef America. In 2014 she opened the doors to her first restaurant as chef patron, the modern Korean restaurant Jinjuu. We caught up to talk about following your dreams, Korean food […]

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The Handbook Meets…Dhruv Mittal

Born in Hyderabad, India, raised in Manchester and trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Dhruv Mittal is the Chef Founder of Dum Biryani House in Soho, an authentic Indian street food restaurant. We caught up with him to discuss teaching cookery classes, where he likes to hang out in London and why Indian restaurants are just so popular. We’re seeing a real increase in Indian fine dining, why do you think it has taken off in London? Indian food in London has always been hugely popular to the point that the Tikka Masala is our national dish! That said, customers are […]

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Top 5 East London Bars

In a world of Instagrammers and so-called influencers it’s easy to start to miss real writing and journalism, after all there’s only so much you can get from 167 characters. A perfect antidote to that is Nicola King a.k.a’d as East London Girl. As well as a popular Insta account, Nicola continues her analysis of the ever-changing London food and drink scene in her long-form web posts on her website. Here she shares her top five East London bars with The Handbook. Nightjar What: A speakeasy with live jazz Why: Tucked away in an unassuming location is the hidden gem, Nightjar. […]

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The Handbook Meets: Marylebone’s King of Cocktails

The Handbook caught up with Daniele Bresciani, the Head Barman at The Churchill Bar at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill to find out his favourite cocktail, the drink he creates when he wants to impress someone and where he goes on his night off. What was your first encounter with alcohol? I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small village close to Lake Garda, where making wine and distilling grappa was an annual ritual for my family at the end of every summer. I still remember waiting for my father to leave the cellar so I […]

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The Handbook Meets: GRIND Founder, David Abrahamovitch

With 10.4k Instagram followers, David Abrahamovitch is kind of a big deal in the London coffee scene but we’ll forgive you if the name doesn’t instantly ring a bell. CEO and Founder of the Grind coffee shops, David opened the first Grind at Old Street Roundabout with Kaz James back in 2011 and has since proved that a coffee shop can offer a whole lot more than just your morning caffeine fix. There are now 9 Grind’s across London and, thanks to a ridiculously successful crowdfunding campaign (they almost doubled their £750,000 target), this number is only going to increase. We meet the […]

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The Handbook Meets Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver really needs no introduction – there are fewer names more synonymous with everything from healthy eating to comfort food but his. As he celebrates the opening of his latest restaurant, the upmarket Barbecoa on Piccadilly, we chat to him about everything from primal cooking (come on, we’ve all seen him construct his own smoker in his back garden and make pasta in the back of a van) to this year’s biggest food trends. Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered if he could only eat one meal for the rest of his life what it would be then you’re about to […]

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