Angela Hartnett, MBE, is one of the UK’s most loved chefs and restaurateurs, known for her sophisticated yet simple, Italy-inspired cooking. Born in Britain, her passion for good, honest food and the best ingredients was instilled in her by her Italian grandmother and mother. After starting out in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano, L’Oranger and Petrus, Angela became head chef at Petrus within seven short months, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. She went on to launch Amaryllis in Scotland; Verre in Dubai; Menu and The Grill Room at The Connaught, with Gordon Ramsay.
In 2007 Angela was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, and the following year she opened her own restaurant, Murano in Mayfair, where she is Chef Proprietor, and holds a Michelin star. Murano is one of the few restaurants to hold 4 AA rosettes and was included in the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 restaurants for 2015.
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 two cookbooks to her name, Cucina (2007) and Angela’s Kitchen (2011). Published by Ebury.
Laura Harris has been a central part of the Murano team since joining in 2011 – where she originally planned to help out for a few weeks with the reception team.
Seven years later Laura oversees the entire Murano operation alongside Rai.
Prior to Joining Murano Laura worked with Angela at York and Albany and with Jason Atherton at Maze.
Laura has an exceptional eye for detail, a wonderful approach to hospitality and is now on first name terms with the majority of Murano guests.
Our Head Chef Emily (Em to all) joined Murano in January 2017 as Junior Sous Chef having spent 3 years at Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant Royal Hospital Road along with spells at Petrus Restaurant in Knightsbridge and Yauatcha in Soho.
Em is an incredibly driven and passionate member of the team who dreamed of becoming a chef from a young age following holidays in France and cooking alongside her Mum.
Above all else Em is a foodie who loves to eat out in her spare time.