Meet the team
He’s known as London’s restaurant king, and it’s safe to say that D&D Chairman & CEO Des Gunewardena is your man when it comes to all things hospitality. Lucky for us he’s dished all, on his favourite restaurants, the biggest challenges of his career and even offered his most important piece of advice for budding restaurateurs…
STIRRED, NEVER SHAKEN
Susanne comes to South Place Hotel from the Royal Exchange, where as Operations Manager she oversaw all-day dining in the Grand Café, fine dining in Sauterelle restaurant, and corporate events for up to 800 people. Prior to that, Susanne worked at the Connaught Hotel, having arrived in London from her native Germany in 2006. At South Place, Susanne oversees all of the operations in the hotel, restaurants and bars, including room service, private dining and events.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
MORE MEET THAN SLEEP
Sarah spent three years working at Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, most recently as Director of Marketing & Sales, before joining South Place Hotel in April 2012. As an independent sales consultant, Sarah’s clients included the Levant Group, Toptable, the Walbrook Club and Ladurée. Sarah’s appointment as Director of Sales is something of a homecoming: she was Director of Sales at Conran Restaurants (now D&D London) from 2002 to 2005.
Gary has 12 years’ experience of cooking and working in some of the UK’s most highly-acclaimed establishments. Beginning his career under the guidance of Richard Neat and Gary Rhodes, he has also held positions at The Vineyard at Stockcross and William Drabble’s Aubergine. Gary then progressed to head chef at The Square, the two Michelin-starred Anglo-French restaurant in Mayfair, prior to taking the helm of Angler in April 2016.
SOCIAL EVENTS MANAGER
Amy is passionate about all things weddings and celebrations and has grown 12 years of experience at varying venues over London, Surrey and Sussex to include South Lodge Hotel, Fulham Palace, Nonsuch Mansion, Andaz Liverpool Street and Chandos House to name a few. From confetti cannons, sparkling dance floors, ‘out of the box’ thinking to floral design, entertainment, live music and dream making! Your fairy godmother if you will…