After coming to London aged 18 to study Acting followed by a short but successful acting career, Martin entered Hospitality Management in earnest twenty years ago. Following stints as a General Manager and Area Manager working with the Wok Wok, Christophers and Zizzi brands, he joined Gaucho in 2005 and spent 9 nine years working his way up the leadership ladder as the company expanded. Leaving the group and his position of Managing Director in 2014, Martin entered the world of that of the Entrepreneur and founded the multi-award winning M restaurant group which after 4 years of growth enjoyed a full circle acquisition, which saw Martin take the helm as CEO of both M and Gaucho brands in 2018.
Top Tip: The primary role of a leader is to create and articulate an exciting, challenging but achievable vision, then to surround oneself with a talented team, who understand and live to these values and beliefs to drive ambitious success, with constant mentoring.
Martins Website says:
Privileged to lead havens of hospitality; incorporating award-winning restaurants, destination bars, members lounges, private dining and events spaces. 13th Most influential person in the UK drinks industry according to Harpers. Listed in Maserati 100 most innovative entrepreneurs 2019 ‘All Together’ founding volunteer advisor. 2020 has been a tough time for many restaurants and they’re expanding their offering with sub brands creativity and innovation to deliver food to people especially with a contract with Deliveroo.
When asked by the Critics Guide about his deadly sins he said
Sloth – What do you do to unwind? Walk my very handsome labradoodle Hudson with my very beautiful wife Claire.
Pride – What are you most proud of? The quality and ambition of my team! Exec Chef, Wine Director, Restaurant Director through to our KP. Also M – A 24 Hour cookbook, makes me smile.
Find out more about M at www.mrestaurants.co.uk & about Gaucho at www.gauchorestaurants.com and All Together at www.alltogether.company