Neil Rankin has cooked in fine-dining restaurants Rhodes 24 and Chez Bruce. While working at Barbecoa he discovered a love for charcoal and as head chef for Pitt Cue then John Salt he modernised meat cookery and made barbecue hot. In autumn 2013 Neil opened Smokehouse in Islington, where indoor barbecue meets fine-dining pub fare. He opened Bad Egg, an American-diner style restaurant celebrating the humble egg, in 2014 and a second Smokehouse in Chiswick in spring 2015. Amongst Neil's new ventures are a monthly recipe column in The Independent and London Union, an exciting street food venture.