How long have you been working with us here at Fazenda and in what roles?
Quite some time! I started working at Fazenda Leeds in November 2011 as a waitress whilst I was studying. Wow, what a journey it has been since then!
When I finished my degree I moved full time to a floor supervisor position, getting involved in reception every now and again too.
From there, I actually left Fazenda Leeds in January 2013 to move to Geneva, Switzerland and then onto Italy. I then found myself moving back to England, and heading up the reception of our second restaurant, Fazenda Liverpool, which opened in September 2013.
I then moved into the first Business Development Manager role in the company at Fazenda Liverpool, which I absolutely loved! It was so much fun shaping the role and building relationships in Liverpool to drive the brand.
From the Business Development Manager role (which we renamed Relationships & Events Manager) I moved into a Head Office role in early 2017 as Marketing Co-ordinator, and now my current role is Relationship Marketing Manager.
What’s your favourite part about your job?
The diversity and the people! Each day is so different, and travelling to different cities to each of our restaurants means I get to spend time with all of the teams.
The people in our team are so integral to the development of the company, our brands and the success of our restaurants, and I feel super privileged to work with the people that are within City District.
Heading up the Relationship Management team means I get to work closely with our Relationship & Events Managers, who are all incredible and are a great asset to Fazenda.
What are some of your favourite hobbies/interests?
Being outdoors in the countryside! I love exploring new places and I spend a lot of time in Wales in the good old fresh air!
Travelling to different countries is also a passion of mine – delving into new cultures, unknown places, and of course, I’m always keen to immerse myself in different cuisines.
As well as travelling, I love to experiment in arts and crafts where I can, and though I don’t do it as much as I should, I enjoy a spot of yoga and going to the gym.
Who is your inspiration and why?
It’s hard to pinpoint one individual who inspires me, as many people do in both a professional and personal capacity, though I would say everyone who represents our industry and hospitality as a sector.
Hospitality is a tough industry, a skilled industry, and a very rewarding industry and is often not given as much credibility as a career path as it should get.
The people who have a burning passion every day for what they do, who champion guest experience and acknowledge and celebrate the people behind the delivery of it.
Most of all, I’m inspired by the people who see hospitality as more than a good meal at a great restaurant, who see it for what it is: the art of entertaining guests, making people feel special, and making memories.
Thankfully, we see a *lot* of these people in our industry, so it’s no surprise that the industry was estimated to be worth over £100 billion by the end of 2018.
Which is your favourite wine available at Fazenda and why?
We have so many great wines at Fazenda, so this is a hard one! We’re always on the lookout for new wines and producers, whilst embracing some staple wines that keep delivering.
I think I’d have to say that the Mauricio Lorca Inspirado, 2013 is my all-time favourite. While this wine is a little higher in price, when we bring this to the table on special occasions it never fails to impress me each time.
If you’re ever spoilt by choice (which happens, trust me!) then our Coravin wines are great, and allow you to try really special fine wines without having to buy the whole bottle.