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Florence Knight      

Head chef at Polpo, about to publish her first book – at 26, Florence Knight is the next big thing.

Florence Knight is head chef at Polpetto in Soho.

After graduating from Leith's and paying her culinary dues at the Diamond Club (Raymond Blanc's exclusive restaurant at Arsenal) and Rhubarb, Florence Knight came to fame has the head chef at Polpetto, where her Venetian-style tapas, or cicchetti, won the hearts and tastebuds of Soho's discerning diners. The restaurant is moving venues, so Florence is having a breather and writing her first book. It's probably fair that she takes some time out, to give the others a chance to catch up. After all, she has only just turned 26.

she studied at London College of Fashion before deciding to follow her passion for food, studying at Leiths School of Food and Wine.

She then went on to work with French master baker Richard Bertinet, as a pastry chef at the Diamond Club, where the kitchen was led by Raymond Blanc, and in 2010 joined Polpetto, the small Venetian-inspired restaurant owned by Russell Norman.

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