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2018 Judges

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Des Gunewardena

Chairman and CEO - D&D London


Des is CEO and co-owner of D&D London, a luxury restaurant and hotel group which owns and operates over 35 venues. D&D's venues in London, Leeds, Paris, New York and Tokyo include Bluebird, Quaglino's, German Gymnasium and South Place Hotel.

Design excellence

Behind the scenes restaurants are machines. Good design has to in, rubbish out, cooking, serving customers. Out front design has to provide pleasure... occasionally thrills and excitement. But mostly design has to create a comfortable backdrop for food and people which are the real stars of the show.

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