1 Michelin Star Chefs: Angela Hartnett, executive chef and proprietor, Murano

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 29th September 2017

Angela Hartnett is the executive chef and proprietor of the one Michelin starred, Murano.

Angela Hartnett MBE is a renowned British chef who has worked in some of the UK’s finest restaurants and opened Murano in 2008. Within four months of opening, Murano was awarded a Michelin star.



20 Queen Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5PP

Opening hours: Lunch Monday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm 

Dinner 6:30pm to 11pm

Closed Sunday

Website: http://www.muranolondon.com

Telephone: 020 7495 1127

Email: [email protected]

Head chef: Pip Lacey

General manager: Sara Kent

Head sommelier: Anna Botting

Twitter: @MuranoLondon

Facebook: Murano Restaurant

Biography and career to date

Angela Hartnett was born in Kent in 1968. After the passing of her father at the young age of eight, Angela’s mother moved the family to Upminster to be closer to their family. Angela’s mother and grandparents first moved to Wales from Bardi in Italy, and this has influenced Angela’s cooking style in many of the restaurants that she has worked in.

Becoming a chef was not Angela’s first port of call. She first achieved a degree in Modern History at Cambridge Polytechnic, but the calling of the kitchen saw her land her first job at Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados.

Angela Hartnett
Angela Hartnett

After returning to the UK in 1999, Angela landed a job working with the young team at Aubergine, under the supervision of Gordon Ramsay. Throughout her time at Aubergine, she saw the restaurant win its first Michelin Star. Angela moved on to Zafferano in Belgravia, London, for six months and then to Marcus Wareing’s L’Oranger, where she became sous chef.

Angela and Marcus both moved to Gordon Ramsay's Pétrus Knightsbridge, London, and within seven months achieved the position as head chef. Angela saw the restaurant win a Michelin Star during her time there.

Angela launched Amaryllis in Scotland in 2001 and later turned her attention to the launch of Gordon Ramsay’s Verre in Dubai.

The chef returned to the UK in 2002 to open MENU and The Grill Room at London’s prestigious hotel, The Connaught, in Mayfair. The restaurant went on to win a ‘Best New Restaurant’ Award in 2003 and a Michelin Star in 2004.


Murano opened in 2008 and within 4 months achieved a Michelin Star, followed by 4 AA Rosettes. Combined with exemplary food and wine, Murano offers an ambience and approach to service that focuses on making our guests feel instantly welcome and at home.

Hartnett Holder & Co

In 2012 Angela opened Hartnett Holder & Co in partnership with Robin Hutson and Chef Luke Holder. In September 2013 Angela launched the critically acclaimed Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch, in collaboration with Head Chef Neil Borthwick, and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone. In November of that year she opened the similarly championed Café Murano, a brassier little sister to Murano, where she creates the menu with Sam Williams as Head Chef.


Angela has made a number of television appearances throughout her career. Featuring in ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen alongside Gordon Ramsay, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, GMTV and competing for Wales in BBC2’s Great British Menu in 2006. Angela then opened her restaurant, Boca Raton, in Florida later that year. She is often seen on Great British Menu as a veteran judge.

Royal Recognition:

In 2007, Angela was awarded an MBE for her services to the hospitality and culinary industry. In 2008, Angela opened Murano. In February 2013 she joined chef, Luke Holder in opening the restaurant Hartnett Holder & Co in the Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire. Angela often writes food pieces and recipes for The Guardian’s Lifestyle section.

Cook books:

Angela has two cookbooks to her name, Cucina (2007) and Angela’s Kitchen (2011). Published by Ebury.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 29th September 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Angela Hartnett, executive chef and proprietor, Murano