We are excited to announce Phil Bennett joined El Gato Negro this summer as our General Manager. Phil has an enviable pedigree in the hospitality sector, most recently as General Manager at the Savoy Hotel’s Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, one of London’s most celebrated restaurants. Coming onboard after a three month trip of culinary discovery around South East Asia, Phil said
“After time out travelling I felt very open to new opportunities. There was an equal pull between both London and Manchester, where I grew up. Manchester’s restaurant culture has changed dramatically in the last 10 years; there is so much happening right now with a real depth of quality in restaurants and bars, so it’s a great time to come back home. As soon as I saw the opportunity to work with Simon I got excited and was delighted when I got the call.“
Phil wasted no time in strengthening his team by hiring Garry Foy as Beverage Manager. Garry’s one of the most experienced, credible and respected bar operators in the North West, most recently as General Manager of popular Manchester nightspots Elixir and Panacea. Reflecting on the appointments Simon says
“It’s a rare opportunity to assemble a team that will work together from the very beginning and to make confident staffing decisions with the luxury of time. I’m thrilled to have both Phil and Garry on board and can’t wait for the restaurant to open.”
With our long-anticipated opening approaching, and a top notch team at the helm, we’re now actively recruiting for other positions. See our jobs page for a chance to join our team by applying online.