We've conducted our fair share of interviews, meeting some of the most interesting people in the food and drink industry, but it seems that our readers have clear favourites.

Our most popular interviews had only one real thread linking them together: passion. Each interviewee had a different background, a different focus and different things to say, but each showed clear, intense passion for their craft. Our most popular interviews include drinks professionals, chefs, a Michelin Guide editor and a medical scientist, with each highlighting a great love for food and drink. 

Read on to find out more about our most popular interviews.

Meet Matija Babic, the Man Behind TasteAtlas

Matija Babic, a Croatian journalist, founded TasteAtlas, a wildly successful online interactive food encyclopedia. When we spoke to Matija, the site had only recently launched but was already hugely popular: Even though the site was brand new, his Italian pasta map had already been viewed over 4 million people. To find out more about the development of TasteAtlas, we spoke to Matija about his background, love of food and more. Click here to read the interview in full. 

Matija Babic, founder of TasteAtlas

Matija Babic, founder of TasteAtlas

Interview with Rebecca Burr, Editor of the Michelin Guide

Following our exclusive coverage from the Michelin Revelation 2019, editor Dee Laffan sat down with Rebecca Burr to find out more about the Michelin process. The resulting interview was an interesting look behind the curtain, showing how the world’s most-coveted food awards are really handed out. To find out more, read the full interview here

The winners of Michelin stars for 2019 at the Michelin Revelation in London

The winners of Michelin stars for 2019 at the Michelin Revelation in London

Meet the Man Behind Fallon & Byrne’s Giant Pumpkins

Coming up to Halloween last year, we noticed that Fallon & Byrne’s three outlets had recently installed huge pumpkins. To find out more about these giant gourds, we sat down with Patrick Sullivan, a medical scientist whose hobby is to grow mammoth pumpkins. Over the course of the interview, we discovered that pumpkin growing is a bit of a family affair for Patrick, as he and his cousins have been partaking in the hobby since they were children. Find out more about Patrick, giant pumpkins and the world of competitive pumpkin growing here.

Paddy Sullivan with his giant pumpkin

Paddy Sullivan with his giant pumpkin

Interview with Alex Petit in Celtic Ross Hotel Cork

Executive chef at the Celtic Ross Hotel Cork Alex Petit, who is originally from France, sat down with us last year to talk West Cork, local produce and more. Highlighting the great team he has working with him, during our interview Alex revealed how he fell in love with West Cork and was determined to focus on the gorgeous produce that is available in the region. Read our interview with Alex here.

Alex Petit

Alex Petit

F&W Chats to Anne Gilhooley of R.I.O.T. Cocktail Bar

We sat down with Anne Gilhooley last year to find out more about r.i.o.t. Cocktail bar, where Anne is general manager. The punky, eccentric bar on Aston Quay specialises in quirky cocktails, classics done right and a comfortable atmosphere. In our interview, Anne, who earned her stripes in Peruke & Periwig and the Vintage Cocktail Club, reveals just what makes r.i.o.t. So special. Click here to read the full interview.

Anne Gilhooley

Anne Gilhooley

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