Russell Norman

Russell Norman

Chef & Author

Russell Norman is an author, restaurateur and broadcaster. He is the founder of the POLPO group of restaurants. His first book “POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts)” won the inaugural Waterstones Book of the Year award in 2012. His second book “SPUNTINO: Comfort Food, New York Style” was published in September 2015 and won the Guild of Food Writers Award in the Food and Travel category.

In 2014 he presented The Restaurant Man, a six-part prime-time documentary for BBC2. He is a contributing editor at Esquire Magazine where he writes a monthly column as The Accidental Cook.

His latest book, “VENICE: Four Seasons of Home Cooking” sees him return to the city of his original inspiration to immerse himself in the food culture of genuine Venetian residents. Russell spent 14 months in a humble flat in the Castello district, shopping, cooking and writing through four seasons. He said of the experience: “I exiled myself in the world’s most beautiful city for over a year in order to learn to cook like a 90 year-old Venetian granny.”


Russell Norman is among the brightest stars of the British food scene … In Venice, he returns to the recipes of that most inspirational Italian city (Esquire)

Author photo credit – Laurie Fletcher