Andrea Rasca, a lot like Mark Cribb himself, has a real love for the ‘little guy’ when it comes to hospitality. Andrea has full control of what goes on down at Elephant & Castle where we find ourselves in this weeks podcast… He ensures that his vendors only use sustainable sources when under his roof, and offers them the opportunity to help him change peoples lives. He doesn’t believe in advertising his business Mercato Metropolitano, he believes word of mouth and true, human connections will do the trick… Turns out, he was right.
Andrew has what he describes as a ‘bit of a love affair’ for his cows. An incredibly proud-to-be commoner living in one of the most beautiful spots in the UK – The New Forest. This week he teaches us not only a bit of geography on how the New Forest came, but how the animals contribute to keeping it healthy, suitable for the public to go and visit as well as a bit of history surrounding William the Conqueror and rights surround the commoner culture…
This weeks bonus episode features an inspiring chat with Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please. When Cemal realised that he didn’t want to be sitting in his rocking chair at 90 years old realising he could have done so much more for the world – that is when he delved into the world of social business that he now believes is going to dominate the future.
It started with a vision of street food, and has now become 36 successful Burger restaurants with their very own prep kitchen and butchers. Honest Burgers is a chain by number, but an independent at heart – Tom and Phil both believe that the feeling you get when you walk into one of their establishments is the most important aspect to keep customers coming back… And unlike a stereotypical chain, will never compromise or take the easy way out.
Master Chef and National Chef of the Year winner Steve Groves is cool, calm, collected and really knows his stuff when it comes to being in a kitchen. Steve believes in learning on the job, taking the time and effort to really absorb knowledge from other kitchens and chefs… All whilst making the most of his family life by working as Head Chef in a Monday – Friday kitchen at Roux in Parliament Square.