Think South American food and succulent grilled meats,
ceviche and quinoa based salads spring to mind.
trends and themes from South America have proved very popular over the last
few years and we have chosen to explore two businesses who have adopted this
theme but who have also adopted very strong team cultures. Gaucho came to
London in 1994 and the 'true taste of Argentina' which is Gaucho's mantra has
been a genuine success story. For many years Tracey Matthews was the
Group's HR Director but now as COO she is able to influence the expansion
of the group and the people centred culture of the business.
contrast, Temper is much younger business, launched in 2016 and with a second
site in the making. Sam Lee's partnership with Neil Rankin and her
commitment to the development of their people so early in this company's
formation provides fascinating insight.
PSD is delighted to
have gained access to these two business leaders and to share their recent
interviews with our readers. Our thanks go to both of them.
Caroline Gaunt, Principal Consultant in our Hospitality sector, met
with Gaucho Restaurants' Chief Operating Officer Tracey Matthews.
We spoke to Sam
about what makes her tick, how she manages the people behind the scenes and the
challenges she faced when joining the team.