(4) How have you managed to keep the business family-owned all this time, and why did you decide to reject acquisition offers? I’ve turned down so many offers to buy the business, but what would I do then? This is my life and my passion, almost all my children now work in the business, sharing the pride and passion I have for it and we continue to grow the business together, retaining the values that are important to us. There are so many restaurants out there, we stick to our principle values – we don’t believe in portion control or using centralised kitchens, we believe in having great, talented chefs who work with the best ingredients. I’m happy when I see an empty plate, the loyalty of our diners means we must be doing something right. (5) What has business ownership taught you about money management? I’m very careful with my money, I always have been, but if I really want or believe in something, I will go for it. I’ve learned my instincts are usually good. (6) Tell us about your smartest investments The acquisition of Signor Sassi on Knightsbridge Green near Harrods; because we nurtured it and it opened the door to the rest of the world for us. From that restaurant we signed a multi-site deal to open across the Middle East and beyond.
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(8) What are your most expensive hobbies? Even when I earned very little I would save and eat at the best restaurants – from the Dorchester to Simpsons and the Savoy. That’s when I realised this would be my life, I still enjoy it today. (9) Most prized possession? I would have to say my car; I have a Rolls Royce. I travel 1,200 miles a week to my restaurants so I want to be comfortable in the car. (10) What are your favourite luxury brands? Histoires de Parfum 1725 and Hublot. (11) Where has your most luxurious holiday take you? I haven’t had a holiday in years, I’m too busy working! But I have enjoyed staying at some beautiful places in Italy, includingThe Regina Hotel in Rome. (12) Excluding property, what has been your most expensive purchase? My Rolls Royce. By Zen Terrelonge
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