Russell Norman is a leading London restaurateur. Over the last 20 years he has worked in many of London's landmark restaurants as a waiter, bartender, maître d', general manager and operations director. His book Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) was voted Waterstones Book of the Year 2012. In 2014 he starred in "The Restaurant Man", a six-part prime-time documentary for BBC2, and his second book Spuntino Comfort Food, New York Style was published in September 2015. He is a contributing editor for Esquire magazine and writes a monthly column as 'The Accidental Cook'.
"Sometimes, though rarely, it takes a non-Italian to break from
entrenched stereotypes about Italian food, and Russell Norman,
founder of the POLPO restaurant group in London, has done so with a
seasonal cookbook of recipes actually made at home, not based on
ristorante dishes (no carpaccio here). " —Forbes