There are those in the hospitality market who enjoy the limelight. Talented chefs like Gary Rhodes, Keith Floyd, Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver et al have made a very decent living from appearing on television cookery shows. It’s obvious they enjoy it. Some go on to front their own TV programmes, appear on reality TV shows and even join movie star guests on the sofa with the likes of Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton. This in turn is good for business. ‘Celebrity’ chefs mean bums on seats in their restaurants.
In fact, it’s big business. And whilst GS Magazine has focused on interior design in the past, our new online magazine will start to look at good business ideas. We’ll be including interviews with many of the industry thought leaders, hotel owners, restaurant empire builders and investors. These individuals are not household names, they spend their time back in the office ensuring that their business ideas are sound and potentially profitable before they’re launched. When they go on business trips, they’re not followed around by cameras. Instead they’re accompanied by accountants and personal assistants. In fairness, these are the people who have made the hospitality business what it is today. The movers and shakers. The risk takers. We will be asking them the key questions; where do they get their business ideas from, what lessons have they learnt from their failures and successes, where do they go for finance, what is the best business advice they can offer? These interviews will be appearing in our Features section along with other interviews with top interior designers, architects, artists and photographers, and limelight-loving celebrity chefs.