Russell Norman is an award-winning restaurateur, writer and broadcaster. His restaurant company operates several sites in central London including Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin’s. His book POLPO - A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) is published by Bloomsbury and won Waterstones Book of the Year 2012. In 2014 he presented 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.
Russell’s Dispatches from Soho on 451life.com reveal an affection, knowledge and keen eye for the inhabitants of Soho. That same eye is seen in every detail of his restaurants. Prue Leith recently dismissed modern cookbooks as marketing tools. In a recent interview Russell commented 'If you want to make something you’ll Google it but food is less than half the story in a cookbook. As with restaurants, they are about feeling better about the world'.
Russell’s beautiful new book, Venice: Four Seasons of Home Cooking, was published in March 2018.