Russell Norman Is Esquire's New Food Columnist

The man behind POLPO joins the family as Esquire's Reluctant Cook

Russell Norman, accomplished restaurateur and culinary author, is joining Esquire as our new columnist, the Reluctant Cook. He will contribute recipes and ideas each month that are both simple to prepare, and a joy to eat.

Norman opened his first restaurant, POLPO, on Beak Street in 2009, and years later branches of the original can be found in some of London’s most iconic boroughs. Russell’s impressive portfolio of restaurants also includes Polpetto, Spuntino and Mishkin’s.

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Taking over from Mark Hix, Russell will continue in the same ethos as the eminent chef and food writer with approachable, hearty recipes for the home cook. 

Russell Norman says: "When the editor-in-chief of the world's leading men's style magazine asks you to write a food column, you don't say no. I couldn't be happier (or more enthusiastic) to be the Reluctant Cook for Esquire."

Esquire Editor, Alex Bilmes, says: “As the man behind the Polpo empire, Russell Norman is one of the most significant figures in the London food and restaurant revolution of the past decade. He's also one of our finest writers, broadcasters and commentators on food. As Esquire's Reluctant Cook he offers an educated, intelligent and also practical take on cooking for men. We couldn't be prouder or happier to welcome him to the Esquire team.”

Russell’s debut Esquire column appears in the June 2015 issue, on sale now.