Raymond Blanc decided who to open a restaurant with but throughout the eight week process he was guided by two experts in the field, Sarah Willingham and David Moore.
David is the longstanding creative force behind London's Pied à Terre restaurant which opened in 1991. He began his career under the leadership of Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons.
His superlative Front of House management skills have taken him to some of the most illustrious dining establishments including The Box Tree in Ilkley, the Louis XV in Monaco and La Belle Otero in Cannes, France.
It is a love of French haute cuisine that drives David forward. Since its launch, Pied à Terre achieved two Michelin Stars. In 2007, he opened a sister restaurant, L'Autre Pied, with business partner Shane Osborn and chef Marcus Eaves from Pied à Terre.
As befits a consummate Front of House professional, David prides himself on his attention to detail and can even be found rearranging objects in other restaurants to improve the aesthetic.
Extolling the virtues of a well organised waiter station, he is an expert multi-tasker who insists on keeping an air of mystery in his restaurants, adding to the magic of the dining experience.
Sarah is one of the youngest, most successful people in the food and leisure industry. She was recently acknowledged as one of the "35 most successful women under 35" in the UK, featured in the Courvoisier Top 500 and in Business Weekly's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2007.
With two business degrees under her belt, the Staffordshire born, self-confessed foodie focused her attention on a career in restaurants and leisure.
For over a decade the proud mother of two children has managed some of the biggest brands in the restaurant industry, from Planet Hollywood in France to Pizza Express International where she oversaw restaurant openings in 12 countries.
In 2004 Sarah was part of a consortium which acquired The Bombay Bicycle Club in London.
She swiftly turned it from a loss-making business into a profitable one, growing it from six restaurants to 17. It is now the largest chain of Indian restaurants in the UK.
David and Sarah on the winners.
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