How it all began

“Chompers was Mum and Dad’s first restaurant, created in the late 1970s – the white building on the right in the picture. It was also where we all lived when I was born – in one bedroom on the top floor! The staff at Chompers were Mum and Dad, who between them waited on tables and ran the kitchen. They were helped by Nanny (my Mum’s Mum), who made the desserts and operated the cash register, and Uncle Ian (Dad’s brother) who was a barman. I would have been upstairs asleep, blissfully unaware that below me a restaurant empire was being created!

“Never ones to dodge a challenge, my parents then bought the black and white building in the picture – and created the UK’s first ever Chinese restaurant run by English people!

"After that, they opened some very successful chains of restaurants across the UK, including Est Est Est and Piccolino’s as well as founding the Restaurant Magazine and the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

“Finally they created Fourth to help hospitality operators control costs and improve margins. I’m proud to still be in the business, helping our customers get the best from our solutions.”

Family history