Angela Hartnett Discusses her Welsh-Italian Ancestry, Gordon Ramsay's Ambition and Supplying the Queen with Pasta


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This is an EXCITING ONE! Fresh from a morning gym session and seated in her Spitalfields’ kitchen, 2

Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett MBE joins host Anna Barnett for this week’s episode of The

Filling podcast where Angela shares stories of growing up in the family fish and chip shop, working

with Gordon Ramsay for 17 years and how it feels to be the only woman in a kitchen of male chefs.

The answer to that may surprise you.


03:30 – 05:30) Angela admits to working throughout lockdown, and here she details the Cook 19

initiative she developed to supply hospitals with meals during the pandemic.

17:40 – 20:00) With a Welsh Italian mother, Irish father and growing up in Essex, Angela draws on

her varied background for culinary inspiration.

22:15 – 25:00) Working for Gordon at the world-famous Connaught Rooms did not come without

its struggles; here Angela details how she overcame them.

34:40 – 36:30) An enlightening discussion around being the only woman in an all-female team leads

to an unexpected confession. Listen here.

38:30 – 40:00) Here Angela gives some invaluable advice for young chefs starting their careers.

43:30 – 44:30) Angela and Anna discuss the regional differences of Italian food.


“If you’ve got dried chili, garlic and tomatoes – you’ve got a meal.” Angela

“When I first started working for Gordon, I thought; ‘Right, I’ve got to get serious.’.”

“I know my limitations; I don’t wake up in the morning and think Michelin stars.” Angela

“What’s always worked in my favour is being a woman.” Angela

“I’m not afraid to say I don’t know, and I think that’s key in this business. How can anyone know

everything about food?” Angela

“The hospitality industry can look back at itself after this year and be proud.”



Angela Hartnett is one of the most high-profile female chefs in the world, having worked at many of

London’s top restaurants. During her childhood, Angela's Italian grandmother and mother instilled in

her an appreciation and love of good food.

Angela has since won numerous awards and has paid real homage to her Italian roots by opening

Murano, a fine-dining restaurant in London with an Italian-influenced menu. In January 2007, Angela

was awarded an MBE for services to the industry. Her restaurants currently hold 2 Michelin stars.

She lives in London with her husband.

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