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ANGELA HARTNETT

Michelin Star Chef

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Annoushka Ducas:
Hi, Annoushka here. In this series, I'd really like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about The Brilliant Breakfast, an initiative that I set up two years ago to help The Prince's Trust support disadvantaged young women. It really can be as simple as putting the kettle on and inviting a few friends around, or hosting a breakfast for the team at work and asking everyone to give what they can to help change a girl's life. So, that's The Brilliant Breakfast, starting October the 10th this year. For more details, visit thebrilliantbreakfast.co.uk. Thank you.
I'm Annoushka Ducas, and welcome back to My Life In Seven Charms. For me, there are so few things which can evoke a memory like a tiny detailed charm. In this new series, I'll be meeting seven extraordinary women, and hearing their stories, through this very special 18 carat gold biography. The world of Michelin Star Chefs in the UK has traditionally been dominated by men. My guest today on, My Life In Seven Charms, was one of the first women to smash that particular ceiling with her brand of simple, beautifully cooked, delicious food. Born of Italian and Irish parentage, she spent her early childhood learning to roll pasta with her beloved nonna. I can't wait to talk to the extraordinary Angela Hartnett, about your life in seven charms.

Angela Hartnett:
Thank you.

Annoushka Ducas:
I'm slightly fascinated by the first one, because I've never had to do this before. But your first charm is a wooden chopping board.

Angela Hartnett:
Yes.

Annoushka Ducas:
Well, A, I love the idea of making this, because the simplicity of it is really appealing. So, I thought, we'll obviously make... The center part will be wood, but I see it as all scored like it's been used and really loved. But framed by yellow gold, 18 carat yellow gold polished frame to hold the wood. I don't know how big your chopping board was, but this one is going to be quite small because it's going to be charm-like.

Angela Hartnett:
Exactly. Yeah.

Annoushka Ducas:
Well, I mean it's such a humble object, this chopping board. So, why have you chosen a chopping board and why is it so precious to you?

Angela Hartnett:
I suppose a chopping board is something, whatever you do in a kitchen, you use a chopping board. My whole career has been based around food and working in kitchens. You mentioned earlier in the introduction about my grandmother, my nonna. That's one of the things I got from her when she died. My mom and her two sisters and brother, as they knew I cooked all the time with nonna and I was a chef, basically said you should have all nonna's
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