Unfiltered: Stefan Neumann MS, Dinner by Heston
Dinner’s head sommelier tells WLC about getting tongue tied when serving Angelina Jolie, spilling fish sauce on one of his diner’s heads, and an unforgettable dinner in Cadiz involving lashings of Krug.
Unfiltered: Nicola Perrone, Orrery
Italian-born Nicola Perrone, head sommelier at French neighbourhood restaurant Orrery in Marylebone, explains how his wine list is “his baby” and reveals that the one wine he can’t get along with hails from his motherland.
Unfiltered: Neleen Strauss, High Timber
Neleen Strauss, the formidable owner of South African city spot High Timber, speaks to WLC on serving Oprah Winfrey, the joy of a plate of anchovies with a glass of Albarino, and an altercation with a Texan who had a knack for opening a bottle of wine with a handgun.
Unfiltered: Katie Exton, Lorne
Katie Exton began her career in wine with English producer Breaky Bottom, and went on to become head sommelier at Chez Bruce and The River Café, before opening her own restaurant, Lorne, in 2017.
Unfiltered: Ruben Desport, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Ruben Desport, head sommelier at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, shares his early experiences of life as a Belgian-born sommelier in London, and which bottle set him on his path to wine.
Unfiltered: James Lloyd, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
The head sommelier of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay looks back on his career that has seen him sample a Lafite from 1894 and bring down a chandelier with the pop of a cork.
Unfiltered: Christine Parkinson, head of wine at Hakkasan
Christine Parkinson, once described as “one of the most creative buyers in the UK” by Jancis Robinson, recalls an encounter with Elvis Costello, a run in with a meat cleaver-wielding head waiter and how she could have ended up an astrophysicist.
Unfiltered: Michael Sager
Michael Sager, the director of his eponymous Sager + Wilde wine bars, takes a breath to detail his many projects, which include an art gallery, the launch of his own mezcal and wine brand, and why London is the single most exciting wine market right now.
Unfiltered: Konrad Tadeusz Lassota, Duddell’s
Head sommelier at the London outpost of Hong Kong favourite Duddell’s, Konrad was born and…
Unfiltered: Piotr Pietras MS, Hide
Former footballer and director of wine at Hide, Piotr Pietras, reveals a love of cider, how he has his wife to thank for putting him on the path to becoming a sommelier, and why a Pinot Noir from New Zealand would be his top pick from Hide’s extensive wine list.
The Dish: Monica Galetti
A formidable figure in the world of food, Monica Galetti, former sous chef of Le Gavroche, opened her debut venture Mere last year, where she plates up dishes that deftly combine her training in classical French cooking with her Samoan heritage alongside a stellar wine list.
The Dish: Stevie Parle
Stevie Parle is the chef-owner of Italian restaurants Pastaio, Rotorino and Palatino in Soho, Dalston and Clerkenwell, and Modern British venue Craft London in Greenwich. Before opening Dock Kitchen in 2009 aged just 24, he cut his culinary teeth at The River Café, Moro and Petersham Nurseries in London, and April Bloomfield’s Spotted Pig in New York. During these stints he spent his spare time travelling extensively through Asia, Europe and the Middle East – an experience that continues to shape his cuisine today.