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Joey Bongard - our Restaurant Manager

18th November 2021

Joey Bongard has worked for the Holland Group for nearly 4 years now, starting off as part of the team at The Angel before joining Platform 1 as Restaurant Manager. He is the person most likely to greet you as you arrive for your table reservation, with significant experience in the South West hospitality industry he learnt how to pull a pint aged just 5! He shared a few insights with us about his favourite meals out, biggest passion and most treasured possessions.

Where were you born?
A small village in Cornwall called St Mellion.

Earliest memory?
Working behind a bar! Pub next door to childhood home was a proper locals pub so was trained how to pour pints from the age of about 5!

Where did you train?
Received all training at the jobs I had, so St Mellion Golf Club, South Sands Hotel in Salcombe and then Salumi in Plymouth.

How long have you worked for Holland Group?
I joined December 2017 to help design and re-launch The Angel before moving over to Platform 1 to help with the design and launch of there.

Favourite country you have visited?
France was my favourite country, visited Paris eating pate and fresh baguettes in front of the Eiffel tower. Berlin was also amazing, highlight being a rooftop bar above a shopping centre and car park which just played house music with views across the whole city.

Biggest passion?
Football. Massive Arsenal fan due to my family originating from Muswell hill in North London

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
A very recent meal I had with my girlfriend at Salumi in Plymouth. I was lucky enough to work there before moving to Dartmouth. They do amazing small plates of food so we ended up buying 9 different dishes – personal highlight was the Spiced pork Nduja arancini with smoked tomato aioli.

Favourite drink?
Guinness or Coffee! Got to be an iced vanilla latte in the summer and a Guinness after work to wind down with the team.

Perfect day?
Classic Sunday! Walk along a beach followed by a proper roast dinner and an afternoon of football on the TV, maybe a few beers in the evening!

Favourite smell?
Fresh mint for when making a mojito

Loves?
Being by the sea, and enjoying time with friends. Especially if they have a dog!

Dislikes?
People who are rude! Especially working in hospitality, we work such long intense hours and we try our best to give everyone the best experience and when they are rude back to you it’s difficult to take sometimes!

Most embarrassing moment?
I tried to give a menu to a woman who was blind at a previous job – didn’t notice her white stick on the floor! Needless to say I couldn’t serve that table for the rest of the evening.

Most treasured possession?
I’ve got a large selection of family photos which mean the most to me, people tend not to have disposable photos anymore so I like the fact I have a physical copy of them.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Definitely a bit more time off! We live in such a beautiful part of the country it would be nice to make the most of it a bit more often!

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