The Team

Angela Hartnett
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, 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.

Since 2008 Angela has opened and remains involved in critically acclaimed restaurants such as Michelin starred Murano in Mayfair, and Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch. In 2013 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, and in 2019 she will open a third site in Bermondsey.
Sam Williams - Head Chef
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.