OpenTable is a proud sponsor of Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food campaign, which aims to bring an end to child hunger. We are asking restaurants to support the international humanitarian organisation by adding a discretionary £1 to their bills in September and October. Here, we hear from David Loewi, Managing Director of D&D […]
Things have come full circle for Adam Byatt, career-wise. “My first ever business was cooking for private parties with my wife,” the chef says from the kitchen at Trinity, his restaurant in Clapham Old Town. Since his start as a private chef, Byatt has added food writer and television host to his resume and runs […]
At the end of June this year, we released our top 100 ‘Fit for Foodies’ restaurant list as rated by more than 300,000 OpenTable diners throughout the past year. We were very excited to announce Prithvi as our #1 ‘Fit for Foodies’ restaurant at this year’s National Restaurant Awards ceremony on 27 June. Based in […]
Be determined – never give up. It’s the most important thing Jason Atherton has learned from his mentors. “Every job has its positives and negatives!”, he shares. “My time working for old-school chefs like Marco Pierre White was tough at points because of the demanding kitchen environments, but at the same time I learnt a […]
Alex Wrethman, owner of Charlotte’s Group, has been working in the restaurant business for 20 years – and he’s only 35.
The born and bred London restaurateur and entrepreneur started in the hospitality industry at the age of 15 washing plates at Charlotte’s Place, which he now owns. Alex told us, “As a 15-year-old boy I was pretty happy to work somewhere there were a few pretty waitresses. I quickly learned that 18-year-old girls are not interested in 15-year-old boys who smell of garlic and dirty plates.”
Over the next few years Alex moved up quickly through the kitchen. “I really, really loved it. I was nerdy, reading every cookbook I could lay my hands on, including Larousse Gastronomique cover to cover.”
He applied to do a Business Management degree in Manchester and dreamed of owning his own restaurant one day. During university Alex worked the bar at the original Living Room in Manchester, learning everything he could about bartending. Once again, personal study was key, reading everything from the The Bartender’s Bible to Michael Jackson’s many books on whisky. After a few years The Living Room opened a site in London, which brought Alex back to the capital.
“One day I went to eat at Charlotte’s Place and learned that the property was for sale,” he said. At 23 he bought his first restaurant. “There were two things that helped me purchase the restaurant” my business degree and my parents’ financial support. I paid them market rent for the property over six years until I was able to buy it outright, which I was proud about.”