Andre Balazs does not talk so much as purr and, as befits one of the world’s most successful hoteliers, his tanned features are almost as smooth as his manner. Madonna has stayed here, David Cameron has eaten in the restaurant and Bradley Cooper has been spotted in the secret smoking area (accessed through a mirrored door in the loo). He runs some of the most ludicrously hip establishments in existence — the Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Standard in several cities and, of course, the Chiltern Firehouse, which opened on a sleepy Marylebone street in 2014.We meet in the plush opulence of the Chiltern Firehouse, one of Balazs’ string of mega-cool boutique hotels, and the first thing he wants to know is if my tea is drinkable. He is here to promote its glossy cookbook, with recipes from chef Nuno Mendes and a foreword from regular Stephen Fry. “If it’s done properly, it’s just the right balance of sweet and sour.” He grins.
Andre owns the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant in London.A third of the pages are taken up with cocktails as he takes mixology “very seriously”. Balazs is 60 but looks younger, and he flirts like a 21-year-old.His former flames are said to include Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell and US comedian Chelsea Handler.Should you have information that conflicts with anything shown please make us aware by email.But do note that it is not possible to be certain of a person's genealogy without a family's cooperation (and/or DNA testing).