Meet the team

Susanne Traudt


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.

Gary Foulkes


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.

Nelson Barros

Head Pastry Chef

Nelson arrived in the UK in 1997, where he developed his passion for cooking, immediately starting his Chef NVQ apprenticeship. It was in 2003 when he developed his true passion for pastry, whilst working at the three Rosette restaurant, The Latymer. Since then, Nelson has worked in a variety of highly acclaimed restaurants throughout the UK, until 2017 when he was headhunted to join South Place Hotel as Head Pastry Chef. Nelson now features in the 2019, Bake Off: The Professionals on Channel 4.