Angela Hartnett, MBE, is one of the UK’s most loved chefs and restaurateurs, known for her sophisticated yet simple, Italy-inspired cooking.
Born in Britain, her passion for good, honest food and the best ingredients was instilled in her by her Italian grandmother and mother.
After starting out in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano, L’Oranger and Petrus, Angela became head chef at Petrus within seven short months, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. She went on to launch Amaryllis in Scotland; Verre in Dubai; MENU and The Grill Room at The Connaught, with Gordon Ramsay.
In 2007 Angela was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, and the following year she opened her own restaurant, Murano in Mayfair, where she is Chef Proprietor, and holds a Michelin star. Serving modern, seasonal food with an Italian accent, Murano is one of the few restaurants to hold 4 AA rosettes and was included in the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 restaurants for 2015.
In 2012 Angela opened Hartnett Holder & Co in partnership with Robin Hutson, and with Chef Luke Holder. In September 2013 Angela launched the critically acclaimed Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch, in collaboration with Head Chef Neil Borthwick, and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone. In November of that year she opened the similarly championed Cafe Murano, a brassier little sister to Murano, where she creates the menu with Sam Williams as Head Chef. In June 2015 a second Cafe Murano opened on Tavistock Street, Covent Garden.
Angela has two cookbooks to her name, Cucina (2007) and Angela’s Kitchen (2011), both published by Ebury.
Sam our wonderful Head Chef is a native of South Africa but has made her home in London since 1998. After varied roles at Oxo Tower, Great Eastern Hotel and Goodwood, Sam found herself working alongside Angela at the London 2012 Olympics. Always quick to spot talent, Angela brought Sam into the Murano team and the planning for Cafe Murano began.
Amongst many career highlights Sam singles out the two occasions she cooked for the late Nelson Mandela.