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Who is Angela Hartnett? Meet Remarkable Places to Eat's guide to Venice!

BBC is back with a brand new foodie series which will make viewers everywhere hungry for more.

Remarkable Places to Eat does what it says on the tin, showcasing some of the most celebrated food capitals across the world’s best restaurants, produce and more.

If you’re a fan of Channel 4’s First Dates, then buckle in as maitre d’ Fred Sirieix takes viewers on a culinary journey to find the best places to fulfil your foodie desires, along with some renowned chefs to show him the best local spots.

In the first episode of Remarkable Places to Eat (Wednesday, July 17th), Angela Hartnett is Fred’s guide to Venice, Italy.

Here is everything you need to know about Angela, from her culinary background and family life to all her Italian foodie knowledge…

Pictured: in Venice Angela Hartnett, Fred Sirieix – (C) Outline Productions

Who is Angela Hartnett?

Angela Hartnett is a 50-year-old chef and restauranteur from Kent, England.

She was inspired to cook by her Italian grandmother and mother’s love of natural produce and home cooking.

Her grandmother had moved from Bardi, Italy to Ferndale in Wales where he mother, Giuliana, was raised.

Angela and her husband, Neil Borthwick, now holiday in Bardi every year, where Angela pursues her love of Italian cooking and cuisine.

Follow Angela on Twitter for all her culinary updates @AngelaHartnett. She also has an Instagram, which you can follow here.

Angela Hartnett: Culinary bio

Angela first started out cooking under the guidance of Gordon Ramsay in the mid-90s.

She started in his first restaurant, Aubergine, in 1994. Then Angela moved onto Zafferanso, L’Oranger then Petrus, all popular restaurant in London.

It was at Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus where her career rocketed and within seven months she became head chef. Angela even helped earn the restaurant a Michelin star!

After Angela’s time at Petrus, she helped launch Amaryllis in Scotland, and then worked with Gordon again at his Dubai restaurant Verre, then helped develop Menu and The Grill Room with him at The Connaught Hotel in 2002.

Angela’s services to the food industry earned her an MBE in 2007.

Angela’s Italian endeavour

In 2008, Angela decided to take another step forward and opened up her first solo restaurant.

She opened the Italian restaurant Murano in Mayfair that year and it has remained as popular as ever since its opening.

Murano earned a Michelin star in January 2009 and is one of the few restaurants in the UK to hold 4 AA rosettes.

After the success of Murano, Angela decided to open up Café Murano nearby in November 2013. There are now two Café Muranos. One in Covent Garden and the other in St James’.

What other TV shows has Angela Hartnett been in?

If you’re a fan of foodie television, then we bet Angela Hartnett is a familiar face to you.

She has appeared as both a contestant and an expert judge on Great British Menu.

Angela has also been the featured chef on many TV series such as Sunday Brunch, Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word and Saturday Kitchen!




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