Johnny is our Venue Catering Manager. Take a little peek at his experience in the events services industry.
How did I get into events?
My first experience of working in events came in my teens in a marquee over the road from Twickenham during the 6 Nations. It was my dad who got me the shifts, he used to work in hospitality and events himself and even spent time working at the Royal Opera House. Back then I was in awe of the Rugby players coming and making after dinner speeches minutes after coming off the pitch and come home with pocketful’s of after dinner mints. Since then I studied Events Management at the University of Gloucestershire and worked at some top caterers venues around London most recently Fulham Palace and Sunbeam studios.
What do I enjoy about events?
I really enjoy the variety of challenges that events offer. Working in events I have had the opportunity to work in some amazing venues and locations. One of the most memorable was Monaco Grand Prix. I spent the week catering in VIP boxes with prime viewing spots of the track, rubbing shoulders with celebs and drivers as well as hosting unbelievable parties on huge private yachts in the marina.
(Monaco Marina and The Pit Lane)
What do I do when I am not working?
I am a keen fan of football, while my first love is Fulham Fc, however I have been enjoying attending my local non-league team Dulwich Hamlets. Watching them play not so well-known teams such as Needham Market and Metropolitan Police. I am often found on the terraces of Champion Hill sipping a beer in my pink and blue scarf.
(Dulwich in pink vs Met Police on a very miserable November Saturday afternoon)
In the summer, I also enjoy camping in fields with friends attending various music festivals. In the last few years to name but a few I have been to Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading Boomtown and Sziget with a couple more planned for this summer!
(Sunflowers at Secret Garden Party)
What is my top restaurant recommendation?
I have lived in south west London for many years and spent 4 years in Tooting. The diversity of food in Tooting I have always found interesting. There is a large South Indian and Sri Lankan influence in the area and the infamous Dosas (a type of south Indian pancake) from Dosa N Chutney is a fantastic example of this. However, in recent years there has been heaps of amazing new restaurants opening in the area. My favourite is The Little Taperia, a family run Spanish Tapas restaurant. The reason I like it so much is the inviting atmosphere, amazing service, delicious cocktails and tapas food to die for. My personal favourite is the Morcilla Scotch Eggs although I haven’t quite managed to try everything on the menu just yet!