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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…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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Sheekey Secrets: A Conversation Series With West End Legends

Us: “Pssst wanna hear some sheekey secrets?” You: “Hell yeah, what’s a sheekey?” Well…the historic West End restaurant J Sheekey is launching a series of informal discussion evenings. The events will be centred around some of theatres most revered luminaries, and yes you guessed it, they’ll be spilling their secrets about the highs and lows of their careers. It’s a chance to get the inside scoop on some of your favourite stars of stage and screen. The opportunity to get to know your heroes on a real level in a relaxed atmosphere. Join these thespians for an intimate dinner, and […]

Celebrities & Influencers

The Handbook Meets: France’s Most Influential Mixologist

Nico de Soto is young, handsome, very successful and very French. Usually found rocking a Breton top, he’s one of the undisputed kings of the cocktail shaker. He has been named as the most influential French mixologist and his New York bar, Mace, has just been placed in the World Top 50 Bars. The Handbook caught up with him at the Patrón Cocktail Lab at London Cocktail Week to talk about Cocktails, Brexit, Patron and how best to avoid a hangover. You’re in the top fifty in the world, how did you get here? What here? [gesturing to the bar], in […]

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My London: The Xandwich’s Top 5 Sandwich Places

Instagrammer, The Xandwich is sassy with his sangers. He’s on a mission to eat and photograph the best London has to offer when it comes to the quintessentially British dish; because our sandwiches are so much more than just bread and fillings, they’re masterpieces in their own right. We caught up with him to find out where we should be at the top of our list when we need that carb fix. Max’s Sandwich Shop What: Dedicated to Making the Perfect British Dish Why: Max’s Sandwich Shop in Crouch Hill is dedicated to making the perfect British dish: the sandwich. Max Halley, the owner, […]

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