#INSPIREDBY BEN PUNDOLE
Ben began his career at The Groucho Club in Soho before running celeb bar of the 90s The Met Bar. It was Madonna who recommended Ben to Ian Schrager as he opened his first hotel in London, St Martins Lane hotel. Ben is now VP of Brand Experience for Schrager's EDITION Hotels and founder of travel website AHotelLife.com.
What was one of the very first dishes you remember eating?
I was 19, it was 1993 I’d saved money to go to Le Pont De La Tour, I thought I was at the very epicentre of the culinary world. It was definitely not my jam at all. I was with my ex-girlfriend who I was trying to impress. I think we got smashed and went to a rave afterwards.
Who is your food hero?
Dan Barber, for being such an advocate of 360 degree farming practices, giving life back to the Earth and letting flavours speak through the quality of the produce.
What is your guiltiest food pleasure?
Van Leeuwen Mint chip ice cream (vegan).
Which restaurant to you long to return to?
NIX, John Fraser’s plant-based restaurant in Manhattan.
What would be your last meal?
A traditional Turkish breakfast with all the dishes!
What dish do you cook the most at home?
My famous veggie, lentil curry, shared lovingly with Tansy, my better half.
What restaurant T-shirt would you wear?
@buythistshirt did a range of T shirts for NY restaurants to raise money for displaced restaurant workers and to encourage people to ‘Stay the F*** home'.
Favourite restaurant not in the UK?
Most over-rated dish?
Favourite fast food joint?
Hart beat on Hart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Wow. Vegan fast food.
Breakfast in Bed or Hotel Restaurant?
English Breakfast Tea or Long Black coffee?
Green tea…all day long
Martini - Gin or Vodka?
Ketchup or Mayo?
Stella or Boli?
Depends on mood
London or New York?
NY, although also London!
City break or Hideaway?
THE PILGRM "PAY THE DATE"
SKYE GYNGELL LAUNCHES SPRING TAVOLA
KOLAMBA AT HOME
RESTOKIT - BRING THE RESTAURANT HOME
YARD SALE PIZZA LAUNCHES SOUTH-OF-THE-RIVER
THE SILVER BIRCH TO OPEN WITH A SOFT LAUNCH
DAISY AND MICHAEL HOPPEN
IMAD'S SYRIAN KITCHEN
BEHIND RESTAURANT TO LAUNCH IN LONDON FIELDS
COLETTE LAUNCHES BREAKFAST MENU
CULTISAN: EAT LOCAL, GLOBALLY
THE SILVER BIRCH TO LAUNCH IN CHISWICK
KOLAMBA LAUNCHES £10 LUNCH BOWL
SABOR EN CASA GOES NATIONWIDE
COLETTE LAUNCHES NEW DINNER PARTY SERVICE
"SHOP, EAT & DRINK" BERMONDSEY STREET
#INSPIREDBY NOOR MURAD
RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY #EOTHO FINALE
NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS LAUNCHES THE TOP 100 AUCTION
SABOR TO REOPEN WITH NEW DISHES, NEW DINING ROOM AND NEW MEAL KITS
OZONE TO GO
THE ZETTER TOWNHOUSE PLANS ITS REOPENING
SKYE GYNGELL LAUNCHES "SPRING IN SUMMER"
#INSPIREDBY MANAL RAMADAN WHITE
EAT OUT TO HELP OUT
CAFE MURANO BRUNCH
NEW RESTAURANT TERRACES
TURNIPS, BOROUGH MARKET X TOMAS LIDAKEVICIUS
“PRIME FEAST” GOES NATIONWIDE
CAFE MURANO BERMONDSEY RE-OPENS
SABOR AL FRESCO
THE ROYAL, ST. LEONARDS-ON-SEA
COLETTE LAUNCHES A HAMPER COLLECTION
#INSPIREDBY DAVID WADDINGTON
KOLAMBA LAUNCHES BRUNCH
SABOR LAUNCHES "SABOR EN CASA"
THE PILGRM HOTEL LAUNCHES "THE PILGRM PROVISIONS"
#INSPIREDBY JEREMY LEE
OTTOLENGHI, ROVI, AND NOPI DELIVER
#INSPIREDBY SHUKO ODA
#INSPIREDBY FADI KATTAN
#INSPIREDBY MISSY FLYNN
#INSPIREDBY DAVID LOFTUS
PADELLA PASTA KITS LAUNCH
#INSPIREDBY YASMIN KHAN
#INSPIREDBY PETRA BARRAN
#INSPIREDBY ROBBIE BARGH
OTTOLENGHI IS REOPENING
PRAWN ON THE LAWN REOPENS AS A FISHMONGERS
#INSPIREDBY LILY VANILLI
KOLAMBA LAUNCHES SRI LANKAN DELIVERY SERVICE
#INSPIREDBY RACHEL RODDY
#INSPIREDBY RYAN CHETIYAWARDANA
ANGELA HARTNETT AND CAFE MURANO LAUNCH PASTA DELIVERY
#INSPIREDBY PAULA FITZHERBERT
#INSPIREDBY RAVEN SMITH
PRIME FEAST LAUNCHES HOME DELIVERED MEATS
#INSPIREDBY ELIZABETH DAY
#INSPIREDBY BEN PUNDOLE
#INSPIREDBY HENRIETTA LOVELL,
THE 'RARE TEA LADY'
WELCOME TO #INSPIREDBY
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THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY GETS CREATIVE
NEW HEAD CHEF AT NUTSHELL AND PERSIAN NEW YEAR
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LE BUN GOES VEGAN
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