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WE CHAT TO OUR CREATIVE DIRECTOR ANGELA HARTNETT...

Mon 01 Jan 0001

She was awarded her first Michelin star in 2004 and in 2007 was awarded an MBE for her services to the hospitality industry. Angela Harnett is Chef Patron and owner of acclaimed Mayfair restaurant, Murano, and has partnered with Smart Hospitality since 2010.

We are delighted to announce that Royal Ascot has once again commissioned the design of bespoke menus for the Winning Post Gardens 2015. Created by Angela, the delicious range of hamper buffets are the perfect complement for the world’s finest racing. These hampers and boards are exclusive to the Winning Post Gardens at Royal Ascot and have been designed especially to complement the size and style of the pavilions.

Does cooking still feel like a pleasure for you? And has what you first loved about cooking changed over the years?

If it didn’t, I wouldn’t do it anymore. My taste has changed a little but has always been about great flavour and using ingredients that are in season.

What's your kitchen like at home? Is it organised like your professional kitchen or completely different?

Its totally different to the kitchens, its just like the kitchen I grew up in, a lovely feel, not that I spend much time there!

What's the atmosphere like when you're cooking at home - do you tend to have music on or watch TV?

If so what do you watch and listen to? – sometimes the radio but mostly its time to chat and catch up with each other, along with a good strong Italian red wine.

What was the first meal you learned to cook and do you still cook it today? 

We serve a version of the Tortelli that my grandmother taught me in Murano or maybe a Ravioli.

Do you cook with your nieces and nephews? What meals have you taught them?

My brother is a great cook, he teaches us all! They do like cinnamon buns though.

Do you get much chance to see Arsenal play? Who's your favourite player (past or present)?

I’d love to go more but its all so busy right now. My all time greatest player has always been Thierry Henry but if I had to say someone today, it would be Aaron Ramsey. A good Welsh lad!

What question are you always asked? 

Has to be something about being a female chef in a male dominated world. I’m always asked that and don’t think it’s the case anymore anyway.

What drives you to succeed?

Producing great dishes that people love to eat and doing great ingredients justice. I’ve not set a target of 20 michelin stars or anything, things just snowball and you have to decide to just go with them or not.

Fact checking: How old are you and Do you still live in London?

I still live in East London and love it. My birthday is the 5th of September and I’m not telling you how old I am!

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