Russel Norman

Restaurateur

The King of Soho Russell Norman is the co-founder of the greatly celebrated restaurants POLPO, Sputino and Mishkin’s. Norman grew up in West London, the son of a toolmaker with five brothers, and was keen to move out of home, choosing to study at Sunderland Polytechnic due to its distance.  After obtaining his degree in English Norman went into teaching, establishing a connection with the restaurant industry by working in Covent Garden at the weekend. Norman describes his career as “a complete accident”, having worked as an arts administrator, bartender and drama teacher before opening his own restaurant. When the recession took hold, a restless Norman decided to re-evaluate and drew up the plan for POLPO. He is now one of London’s most successful restaurateurs.

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