Owner Eusebi Deli
- What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subjects were Geography and English.
- What was your first job?
I grew up behind the counter of my parents shop . My very first job was polishing apples and displaying them in my dad’s fruit shop as a little girl. It instilled a sense of pride and work ethic from an early age .
- Which is your favourite restaurant /hotel?
Hands down every time , Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles is the most special place.
The Ritz in London, with my best friends ,was everything and more for its timeless elegance . My best food memories are at my grandmothers simple table in Southern Italy or in Lyon with my Aunt.
- How do you inspire your team
Your vibe is your tribe. A culture of kindness and mutual respect is the foundation to a happy team. I never underestimate the power of a simple smile or thank you. How you make people feel starts with making your team feel valued. I love to talk through new ideas, ingredients and no two days are the same. I love innovation and more often than not, my team have been the inspiration behind our greatest moments and dishes. It’s so important to trust and let others shine.
- Which person in hospitality have you most admired / inspired you?
Fred Sirieix for his endless energy and passion. He is the King of service and was inspirational in showing me how to refine and enhance the guests experience.
- How do you manage your stress levels?
I am my own worst enemy for putting myself under pressure. Managing stress doesn’t come easy but I have learned to put situations into perspective better and what seems like the end of the world one day is chip paper the next day. Also talking and laughing it out with those closest to me is a great way to manage stress.
- Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – and why?
All of them. Keeping connected is the strongest way to tell your brand story.
- If you had not gone into hospitality, where do you think you would be now?
I studied marketing at university and love retailing so perhaps a role combining both.
- What did you do on your last days off?
I love a ‘daycation’ and getting out of the city. On my last day off I went for a walk along the beach at Troon with my daughter Sofia and rounded of the day with an ice-cream cone!
- What do you do to relax, to support your wellbeing?
I love going for a walk on my own and listening to a podcast . It is so important to find some headspace for myself no matter how demanding the work week gets. I love spending time in the garden, even although I’m lousy at it but it keeps me connected to nature and gives me a completely different focus.