After an Economic History degree at Birmingham University, I worked in the wine trade in London as a delivery man, salesman, debt collector and wine buyer, taking the WSET diploma.
Started working in restaurants when the wine business branched out and opened Camden Brasserie in 1983, just as Camden was taking off.
It was a transformative experience. The Camden Brasserie was glamourous, sexy and very, very busy. Service was really intense and you worked harder and faster than you thought was possible.
I then went on to manage Soho Brasserie from 1984 to 86, before being summarily dismissed for gross misconduct having allowed a TV crew in to film interviews about attitudes to the spread of AIDS to heterosexuals. I won maximum damages at the subsequent Industrial Tribunal.
I went on to manage Tuttons, worked for 6 months for the United Nations, and managed other restaurants in Hampstead and Marylebone before opening Beauchamps Restaurant in Leadenhall Market.
From there, moved to Bath in 1992, to buy Green Park Brasserie, which is still a work in progress, continually evolving. The Braz is located in a fantastic, listed former railway station, with about 90 covers and extensive outside space. We have just opened a new 100 cover function space, do some outside catering, notably at Bath's beautiful, Christmas Market and also have a takeaway coffee and bacon bap cafe.