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. His latest book is Venice: Four Seasons of Home Cooking.