DesMcDonald

Profile

From my early years I have always loved the restaurant industry, after leaving culinary school, I pursued my dreams andfor the first 8 years I honed my skills by cooking in 5-star hotels, building up my knowledge and experience. In 1992 I got my break with Caprice Holdings working as Head Chef at the legendary Ivy Restaurant.

I enjoyed a very successful 20 years with the Caprice Group, working for the last 12 years in a Managing Director and Group CEO role, overseeing the acquisition and running of, in addition to Caprice Holdings, the Soho House Group and Annabel’s Group.

In Jan 2012 I made the decision to set up on my own, create and develop my own restaurants and also following various requests set up an advisory/ consultancy company which has helped clients, revitalising and updating the standards of operation, training, design and overall structure to bring sales, GP’s and covers back in line. Also, enjoying working with new ventures, helping with the concept/design and overall operation both in the UK and Overseas. It has been a very enjoyable and successful first 12 months and I am looking forward to continuing this along with opening my own restaurant brands, The Fish & Chip Shop and Q (Bar-b-q concept), with the first to open in May 2013.

Stop Press: Reviews, Links & Articles
Hot Dinners: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Article
Zagat: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Article
London Inside: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Article
Caterer & Hotel: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Article
Big Hospitality: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Article
Finance Channel: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Article
Past Career, BA Business Life: Profile - Read Article
Lawn & More: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Article
Evening Standard: Interview - Read Article
The Fish & Chip Shop Restaurant: - View Website
London Eating: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Review
Evening Standard: The Fish & Chip Shop - View PDF
The Independent: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Review
The FT: The Fish & Chip Shop - Read Review
Standard.co.uk: Q Grill -Read Article
Allinlondon.co.uk: Q Gill -Read Article
Time Out London Blog: Q Gill -Read Article
EasyJet Traveller Online: Q Gill -Read Article
MSN Food: Q Gill -Read Article
TimeOut.com: Q Gill -Read Article
London on the Inside: Q Gill -Read Article
Square Meal: Q Gill -Read Article
Big Hospitality: Q Gill -Read Article
Hot Dinners: Q Gill -Read Article
Standard.co.uk: Holborn Dining Room -Read Article
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Square Meal: Holborn Dining Room -Read Article
Big Hospitality: Holborn Dining Room -Read Article
Hot Dinners: Holborn Dining Room -Read Article
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