Meet The Team – Nico Peratinos

Nico PeratinosIn the latest of our Meet The Team features, we catch up over a cocktail with Nicholas (Nico) Peratinos, bars manager for aqua London.

Hi Nico! Tell us a little about your role at aqua London, and what it involves?

I am currently the Bars manager at Aqua London, meaning I’m responsible for all the bars, so aqua spirit, aqua nueva and both the Kyoto and nueva terraces. My role involves creating cocktail menus and bespoke cocktails for events, and running the operation from rota planning to financial forecasting.

How did you first get into hospitality? Have you always worked in this industry?

I could say I have been in hospitality since I was a child, because my parents owned a couple of restaurants on the island of Corfu in Greece. I never thought I would make it my career but it happened and I am really glad about it. People often see hospitality as something to fill the time until they find what they really want to do, but I think they’re wrong there because hospitality can open so many doors for you. I really enjoy what I do because there are so many different aspects to the job.

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Cinema’s British birthplace, reborn on Regent Street

Regent Street, one of London’s most exciting thoroughfares, is synonymous the world over with the very best in shopping, restaurants and bars (of course!) and nightlife. But a less-known fact is that Regent Street can also claim to be home to the birthplace of British cinema – and now that birthplace has been lovingly restored for a new generation to enjoy!
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Meet The Team: Luca Missaglia

New bar manager Luca Missaglia

We’re delighted to introduce our new bar manager, Luca Missaglia, a well-known figure on London’s cocktail scene and a very welcome addition to the team. We caught up with Luca for a quick Q&A to find out more about him:

What is your career background – have you always worked in bars?

Most of my career I have been working in hospitality, the past ten years in bars and restaurants. I started as a coffee boy and worked my way up to bartender, and for the last four years I have been leading bar teams in different venues including Lab Bar and most recently Quo Vadis private members’ club in Soho.

What would you say is your ‘signature style’ of cocktail making?

My signature style is classic and elegant but with a contemporary twist.
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National Waiters’ Day 2014

It’s not often we encourage our staff to run, but we were shouting support from the sidelines when we entered a team into the recent National Waiters’ Day race!

A brilliant initiative described by its founder Fred Sirieix as ‘A day to celebrate all Front of House staff and inspire people about careers in the hospitality industry’, National Waiters’ Day took place on 25th September and the highlight for us was The Waiters’ Race in London’s Hyde Park.
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Iwahashi Tatsuya and Paul Greening in aqua kyotocrab salad with tomato dashi bubblebeetroot salad with silken tofusea grapes with grilled scallopfuji apple with creme fraiche ice-creamchocolate & passionfruit dome with ginger ice-cream

aqua kyoto honoured to welcome Iwahashi-san

On Monday 4th August we were honoured to welcome Iwahashi Tastuya, Aqua Restaurant Group’s executive head chef for Japanese cuisine, to aqua kyoto to prepare a very special dinner for invited guests. Iwahashi-san is responsible for the award-winning Japanese food in Aqua’s five Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong – aqua tokyo, Armani/aqua​ and three Shiro sites.
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