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Leonid Shutov is the effortlessly charming and charismatic co-owner of Bob Bob Ricard and Biblioteka, which is to hit St James’s Street next year.

Thomasina Miers is the co-founder of Wahaca alongside business partner Mark Selby. Their latest venture is Burrito Mama – a spin-off from the Mexican chain, due to launch soon at One New Change.

• Neil Rankin, 35 is currently heading up Smokehouse in Islington, previously of Pitt Cue, he then took over as head chef of John Salt from Ben Spalding. Neil has been hailed as the master of the BBQ and smoking.  Click here to read our review of John Salt.

Tom Sellers, 25 has recently launched his own restaurant Story on Tooley Street, London.

• Marina O’Loughlin, food reviewer at The Guardian is the woman who ignited our desire to blog, and helped us discover an array of London restaurants that we didn’t know existed.

• Paul Foster, 30, is head chef at the stunning Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk, boasting 3 AA rosettes. Last year he became the Observer Food Monthly’s Young Chef of the Year 2011. A CV boasting stints at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry and Sat Bains, and an appearance on BBC TWO’s Great British Menu. He’s a keen forager and innovative chef, passionate about natural, British ingredients.

• Scott Collins & Yianni Papoutsis aka MEATLiquor, Grilled! (Posted: January 27, 2012) Scott Collins & Yianni Papoutsis are behind the amazingly popular MEATLiquor selling the best burgers in London, with queues out the door and down the street.

Hieu Bui, Grilled! (Posted: September 30, 2011) Hieu Bui, 35, is the owner of four Vietnamese London restaurants, the last being the popular Cay Tre Soho which we visited last week, blog post to follow. He’s given us some fantastic insightful answers to our questions, no more words from us required…

Shaun Rankin, Grilled! (Posted: September 25, 2011) Yorkshire-born chef Shaun learned the trade at the Mayfair Hotel in London, he’s been living in one of my favourite places in the world for the past sixteen years – Jersey. I spent my summer holidays there as a child and teenager and have such fond memories. I hope to go there one day with Ade and share them with him…

• Tim Anderson, Grilled! (Posted: September 9, 2011) Former bar manager at the Euston Tap, Tim, 26 was the youngest ever winner of Masterchef this year, John Torode said his cooking was the “best culinary explosion” the programme had ever seen. Tim’s been busy with all kinds of projects since, including cooking at Pipe Dream restaurant where fellow Masterchef contestant James Perry also has been doing stints…

• Will Beckett, Grilled! (Posted: August 29, 2011) The Hawksmoor has been hailed by critics and bloggers alike as one of the greatest London restaurants. A quote on their website from Jay Rayner states ‘The best steak I have eaten in this country’. We agree, and also the best chips (triple cooked), even the spinach was perfect…

Mark Sargeant, Grilled! (Posted: August 28, 2011) Mark is an award-winning chef and former head chef of Michelin starred Claridge’s in London. Now back in his native Kent, with his own much hyped restaurant Rocksalt and upmarket fish and chip shop The Smokehouse. He’s collaborated with Gordon Ramsay on over ten of his books and co-authored Gordon Ramsay’s Great British Pub Food. His own book My Kind of Cooking, is out now…

• James Perry, aka The Tattooed Cook, Grilled (Posted: August 15, 2011) James Perry from Milton Keynes reached the semi-finals of this year’s Masterchef and won our hearts, carpenter, writer, teacher, chef and just 25 years old.We have been following his adventures on Facebook and Twitter and were thrilled he answered our questions…

• Gino D’AcampoGrilled! (Posted: August 3, 2011) We chatted to Gino after his book signing at the Gloucester Quays Food Festival where he had just been given a pair of pants, a g-string in Italian colours to be precise…

• James Martin, Grilled! (Posted: August 3, 2011) We chatted to James in between his cooking demos at the Gloucester Quays Food Festival, fresh from the kitchen, a tad dishevelled but extremely relaxed…

• Russell Norman, Grilled! (Posted: July 31, 2011) We asked the inspiring, fascinating and slightly mysterious Russell, co-founder of SpuntinoPolpoPolpetto, da Polpo and Mishkin’s our questions…

Edd Kimber, aka The Boy Who Bakes, Grilled! (Posted: July 29, 2011) It has been non-stop for Edd since winning The Great British Bake Off  and we were so honoured to have him bake our wedding cake for us…