Like most stories, you fall into it by accident or necessity, you fall in love with it, you learn the trade, you work every position within the industry, you advance through senior roles and then... well, then you take the leap. It takes 20 years to get there but I feel I opened my first restaurant at the right time. Not too early, not too late.
When I first emailed JP (as he likes to sign off, now with the addition of CBE at the end) back in the autumn, I quickly understood that he was every bit as unexpected and refreshing as his body of work. The studio was a minimalist dream, with a concrete staircase, a neat library of books and shelves full of materials in light, muted tones. But when John arrived for a chat and photos, coffee in hand, he wasn’t quite as I expected – he likes to have no structure to his day, he’s into trainers (day wear and gym) and listens to Frank Ocean. Intriguing."