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June 9, 2014updated Dec 20, 2023

Hartnett: “Dining shouldn’t be like going to church”

By Chris Boyle

Starting out in the kitchen of a Cambridge hotel, Angela Hartnett’s culinary resume now reads like a gastronomy-themed fairy-tale.

Watch: Angela Hartnett on the modern dining experience at Murano Restaurant in London

Having climbed the ranks through Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine, Zafferano and L’Oranger, to support David Dempsey at Amaryllis and eventually become the first-ever female head chef at The Connaught Hotel; it’s been a long road for Hartnett, but one well travelled.

Now Chef Patron at Murano Restaurant, Hartnett says the dining experience should be equal parts about quality of food, service, and ambiance, without the solemnity of traditional fine dining.

“I don’t think you should have all this “shhhh,” as if you are in a church. I think it should be that you can just sit and laugh out loud, and have fun with your friends,” says Hartnett.

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“And that’s what we encourage.”

Watch the full interview on the video above. 

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