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6 London Power Players You Need to Know

By Malika Dalamal
October 29, 2013

The London restaurant scene moves as fast as an empty table at Balthazar - which also means the players change constantly. Who are the next generation of power players? Here are the names you need to know now.

  • Karam and Sunaina Sethi

    Following the success of Trishna in Marylebone, brother-and-sister duo Karam and Sunaina Sethi (chef/proprieter and sommelier, respectively) recently opened another posh, critically acclaimed Indian restaurant, Gymkhana, in Mayfair. The quietly influential family are also involved in Bubbledogs (champagne and hot dogs in Fitzrovia) and recently opened The Pearson Room in Canary Wharf.

  • Tarun Mahrotri

    Mahrotri learnt the ropes of the restaurant business from Arjun Waney (Il Baretto, Coya) and will put his teachings into practice later this month when his first solo venture, Peyote, opens in Mayfair in partnership with The Waney Group. The upmarket, modern Mexican restaurant (on the former site of Aurelia) is the first of several exciting projects Mahrotri is working on.

  • Alexa Perrin

    As founder of The Experimental Food Society, Alexa Perrin is responsible for bringing together a collection of the most awe-inspiring food artists, culinary wizards, cake sculptors, jellymongers and more for an annual exhibition and banquet. Expect anything and everything from food magicians to liquid nitrogen and food-related soundtracks. You won't be disappointed!

  • Dominic Cools-Lartigue

    The former nightclub manager is responsible for turning London's street-food scene into a vibrant, nocturnal festival. Street Feast attracts huge crowds when it pops up several times a year in empty car parks, old tube stations and breweries - it is currently held every Friday and Saturday night at Hawker House in East London. As well as gathering some of the best food trucks and stalls in town, there are always a DJ, plenty of cocktails and entertainment. Cools-Lartigue is a pioneer of what some are calling 'food raves.'

  • Carl Clarke

    DJ-turned-chef Carl Clarke serves his food with a side of humor. Previous pop-up's have included 'God Save the Clam' - a punk-themed clam bake for the Jubilee - and 'The English Laundrette' - a spoof on Thomas Keller's famous San Francisco restaurant. Following the success of Disco Bistro - a temporary East London 'trash-food' eaterie - he has now set up a permanent space, "Rock Lobsta," inside Mayfair nightclub Mahiki, serving lobster corn dogs, burgers and steaks to famished clubbers.

  • Petra Barran

    Barran began in the mobile food business in 2005 when she hit the streets with her dedicated chocolate van. She fell in love with the road, with the community and with opening the hatch to people all over London. The next natural step was to consolidate this so that more people could be a part of the kerb life. She co-founded eat.st (now Food Hawkers) in 2009 and then in 2012 went solo with KERB, a street-food collective. Today, she is responsible for launching all the big names in street food.

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