Bite Britain - Interviewing Britain’s Best Restaurant Owners
By Adam Cook
Welcome to the BiteBritian Podcast, a show dedicated to interviewing the most successful restaurant owners in the UK, learning about what goes into their incredible menus and more importantly what it takes to run some of the most successful restaurant in the UK.
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Bite Britain #013 - Egil Johansen of The Kenton Pub, London
Bite Britain - Interviewing Britain’s Best Restaurant Owners • By • Mar 12
Today I am joined by Egil Johansen.
Egil is the founder of The Kenton pub in Hackney, East London.
Egil took over the pub in 2009 with a vision to offer the local area a local pub they can be proud of.
By sticking to doing the things that matter really well, Egil has taken the pub from strength to strength and turned The Kenton into something of a local institution.
With a string of awards and recommendations literally as long as my arm, it is clear that Egil really has delivered on his vision.
In this episode, we have A 2020 National Burger Award Nominee! 🍔
The Big Boys Burger Co. is one of the most famous burger spots in Kent.
With a passion for burgers and a drive to use only the best ingredients possible, the founders, Gareth and Guy have created nothing less than a Kent institution.
Set up just over 5 years ago, Big Boys Burgers focusses on providing diners with an exciting menu, crafted from local ingredients in a casual and buzzy environment.
Their reputation to deliver both exceptional food and service consistently stands out wherever you look online.
In this episode, I’m joined by one half of the Big Boys, Guy Meurice.
Today I am joined by Ben Thomas, owner and founder of the Dough Thrower Pizza Restaurant in Cardiff.
Ben has spent his life perfecting his craft of dough and pizza making, eventually leading him to follow his dream of opening the dough thrower in June 2017.
The dough thrower has fast become one of Cardiff’s most highly regarded pizza restaurants with a number of awards and high profile recommendations under its belt.
Andrew is one of the Masterminds Behind Rebel Chicken, a Birmingham restaurant that takes chicken to the next level.
From its custom-built charcoal rotisserie to its wide range of craft beer and cocktails, Rebel Chicken allows as much for a good night out as it does for a mind-blowing meal.
In fact, with its very own beer garden and resident DJs, it has become a place you might find hard to leave.
In this episode, we talk about the lessons Andrew learned from some behind the scenes struggles with the restaurant opening, as well as why tequila is a good secret weapon!
Rebel Chicken Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/wearerebelchicken/
The Burger Joint has been keeping Bristol’s hunger for burgers alive for a whopping 10 years.
Started in 2009 by Dan Berkhradnia, the brand now has 2 Bristol locations, serving standard, veggie, vegan and even gluten-free options.
With it’s signature ‘build your own’ approach and attention to quality ingredients, as well as an array of positive press, the Burger Joint has carved out a solid reputation as the place to be for burgers in Bristol.
Today I have Dan on the show with me.
Sodo Pizza is a 4 chain pizza restaurant in London that pride themselves on a fresh seasonal approach to Pizza.
Their approach focuses on quality local ingredients, supporting local farmers, ensuring an experience few pizza restaurants can deliver.
From British made mozzarella to their high quality locally produced sourdough bases, Sodo really does live and breathe their ethos of freshness and quality.
Today I am joined by Sodo’s founder Dan Birch.
For more info on Sodo Pizza check out their website: https://www.sodopizza.co.uk/
An Edinburgh institution, Hendersons has been on the map since 1962, originally started by husband and wife Mac and Janet Henderson as a way to distribute produce from their East Lothian farm.
Today the tradition and philosophy of Henderson’s continues, now topping a total of 4 Edinburgh locations, serving locally produced, organic vegetarian and vegan food.
With a number of awards under its belt including Best Vegetarian Business of 2019 from the food awards Scotland, it’s safe to say there is no sign of this institution slowing down.
Today I welcome Janet Home, one of the third generations of this amazing business, to the podcast.
Serving up some of the UK’s best Italian food, with awards to prove it, Vittoria Group has been an Edinburgh institution since 1970.
Over the years the Vittoria brand has consistently fed Edinburgh's love for italian food, now with 6 restaurant locations (including fish and chips) and 2 delivery units, covering casual to fine dining including venture into the world of pizza delivery, Vittoria really is a prime example of what a good restaurant business should look like.
Today I am talking to Tony Crolla, a mastermind restauranteur and owner of this family-run business. Tony has been at the helm since 1993 when he took over from his father and has taken the brand from strength to strength.
Beetroot Sauvage is a well-being cafe and space in Edinburgh, offering plant-based foods with a built-in wellness center, offering yoga and meditation classes, cookery classes.
Opened in May 2018 the cafe has built a loyal local following whilst keeping true to its belief that true health combines wholesome nutrition with full-body wellness, all backed by a supportive like-minded community.
Today I have the founder with me, Marie-Anne Marten.
The Grosvenor Fish Bar is Norwich's Staple fish & chip shop, being around for over 90 years it's safe to say they have a bit of reputation that has grown way beyond the locals of Norwich.
Since taking a leap into a big refurbishment, they have taken this amazing business into the modern era, serving up a selection of funky wraps, awesome sandwiches and burgers as well the usual fish & chips that made them famous in the first place.
What I love about this place is that the management have really taken note of modern trends and had the courage to incorporate them into a very traditional English food business.
The courage has clearly paid off. As well as their a feature on the one show on the BBC, they regularly have queues out the door and have built a whole new market for themselves that spreads across all generations.
Today I talk to Duane, one half of the duo behind this awesome restaurant.
This week I sit down with Joan and Daniel, 2 of the 3 founders of Tlaloc, a New Mexican Restaurant in Brighton that takes the British take on Mexican food to a whole new level.
Up and running for around a year at this point, these guys have gone from strength to strength.
By staying true to what they believe with their menus, listening to their customers, and nailing their social media, they have built a brand to be proud of.
In this episode, we learn the story of Tlaloc and how 3 friends that worked together, came to join forces and take Brightons Mexican food scene by storm.
In this episode I talk to the UK's Queen of burgers, Annie Spaziano. Annie is an American born restauranteur who made her mark in the UK when she started her venture into the UK's Burger industry.
Annie has gone from humble beginnings of almost losing her business before she'd even started it and went on to build a growing chain of 3 Burger restaurants in the UK Midlands.
She has an incredible story of how she almost missed her shot and has one of the most exciting burger menus the UK has ever seen! Her eye for detail in her restaurants really shines through and her vision to focus on beer as well as burgers has proved an unsurprising hit!
Annies warm personality really shone through in this interview and it was an absolute pleasure to have her on the podcast, so without further delay, lets get to it!
Today Im interviewing the 3 friends Arthur, Tas and Alex the masterminds behind one of Londons top brunch spots, Brother Marcus,
If you haven't already, don't forget to head over to our facebook page for a chance to enter a competition to win of of 3 meals for 2 at one of the 2 brother marcus locations!