Gina McAdam has spent over twenty years’ in the thick of the UK hospitality and catering industry. For the past seven years, she has spearheaded brand development, marketing and communications for one of the UK’s most enduring restaurant businesses, the Michelin BIB Gourmand Café Spice Namaste, and the iconic Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE, winner of the 2014 BBC Food Personality of the Year. The business has since developed into a collection of successful establishments, each with its own individual style and identity, from casual fine dining to fast casual. In January 2015, she helped to launch the company’s first outpost in Goa, India, with coverage in Conde Nast Traveller, and across the UK trade press.
A highly respected communicator and writer, Gina is also the Editor of ‘Profile Leader’, an e-zine covering the movers and shakers of the global luxury hospitality industry. She has written several books, including the histories of The Lanesborough hotel, the Craft Guild of Chefs, and the life and times of school meals in the UK.
Gina has a Bachelor of Arts degree from De La Salle University in Manila and an MA in in English & American Literature from Newcastle University in the UK. She began her career as an account manager for Ace-Compton/Saatchi & Saatchi and J Walter Thompson in Manila and has lived and worked in Madrid and New York. She is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Dame d’Escoffier. She is also an adjunct professor of ESH Hotel School in London and Paris.
She was the first recipient of the ‘Outstanding Mentor’ Shine Award, recognising the achievements of women in the UK hospitality, travel and tourism industry