Angela Hartnett

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Angela Hartnett
Angela Hartnett.jpg
Born September 1968 (age 45–46)
Kent, England
Education Cambridge Polytechnic
Sandy Lane Hotel
Gordon Ramsay
Culinary career
Cooking style Italian

Angela Hartnett, MBE (born September 1968) is an English chef. A protégée of Gordon Ramsay who was made famous by her appearances on British television, she was Chef-Patron at Angela Hartnett at The Connaught in London. Currently, she is Chef Patron for Murano restaurant and the York & Albany pub in London.

Biography[edit]

Angela Hartnett was born in Kent to Patrick Hartnett, an Irish sailor in the Merchant Navy and Giuliana, a Welsh mother whose parents had migrated from Bardi in Italy to the Welsh town of Ferndale. Her father died when she was eight years old. Her mother Giuliana moved the young family (older brother and younger sister) to Upminster to be closer to both sets of grandparents, where they were brought up by their Italian maternal grandmother whilst Giuliana worked long hours as a dinner lady and nanny. At 18 Hartnett went to Italy for a year to work as an au pair before graduating with a degree in History at Cambridge Polytechnic.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Starting relatively late in her chosen career path, she learnt on the job at a hotel in Cambridge, then at the Sandy Lane Hotel restaurant in Barbados.[2][3]

In 1994, she returned to the UK, and undertook a one day trial at Gordon Ramsay's first restaurant "Aubergine." Alongside Marcus Wareing, she worked six days a week alongside Ramsay for longer than the two weeks Wareing predicted – Ramsay called her a bitch occasionally, alongside his favoured name for her: Dizzy Lizzy.[2] She supported Ramsay at Zafferano and L'Oranger, then joining Wareing as his sous chef at Petrus. After launching Amaryllis in Scotland with David Dempsey in 2001, Hartnett helped with the launch of Gordon Ramsay's Verre in Dubai.[3]

In 2003, Hartnett won the 'Best Newcomer Award' and the Square Meal Guides’ BMW Best New Restaurant award for the two restaurants at The Connaught.[4] In 2004 she netted her first Michelin star. In early 2007, she was awarded an MBE for Services to the Hospitality Industry.[5] Also in 2007 she opened Cielo, a Ramsay Group restaurant in Boca Raton.[6] She made her first television appearance in the first series of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen.[4]

The Murano in 2010

Just before The Connaught Hotel closed in mid-2007, Hartnett published her first book "Cucina: Three Generations of Italian Family Cooking;"; while it was closed she was seen on BBC's Kitchen Criminals and Take On The Takeaway. Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd agreed to cease their contract with The Connaught Hotel in September 2007, and in August 2008 Hartnett launched Murano, a fine-dining Italian restaurant in Mayfair.[1][7] In September 2008, Hartnett opened the York and Albany restaurant at the top of Parkway, Camden Town, close to Regent's Park.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Hartnett is in a relationship with Neil Borthwick,[9] and lives in Spitalfields with her sister, in a house owned by Hartnett and her brother.[10][11] She owns a Jack Russell called Alfie who she rescued from Battersea Dogs Home in 2004.[12] She spends a holiday every year in Bardi,[citation needed] the town from where most of the Welsh-based Italian families can trace their roots.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Angela Hartnett: kitchen influentia
  2. ^ a b c Cadwalladr, Carole (29 April 2007). "Ramsay's kitchen queen". The Guardian (UK). Archived from the original on 15 April 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Angela Hartnett". UK TV Food. Archived from the original on 1 April 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Angela hartnett". Lifestyle Food. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Angela Hartnett profile". Caterersearch.com. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Richard Vines (13 September 2007). "Angela Hartnett Quits the Connaught, Plans New Ramsay Venture". Blooberg. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Gordon Ramsay eats his own words". The Daily Telegraph (London). 20 January 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Wroe, Simon (25 September 2008). "Gordon, me, and the heat in the kitchen". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/aug/17/angela-hartnett-neil-borthwick
  10. ^ "Time and Place: Angela Hartnett". The Times (UK). 9 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  11. ^ Demetriou, Danielle (25 July 2007). "My Home: Chef Angela Harnett". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  12. ^ "MYSPACE ANGELA HARTNETT, CHEF". The Observer Magazine. 30 August 2009. 

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