JAMIEBARBER is the man behind many of London’s leading restaurants including Hush in Mayfair and the Cabana and Haché restaurant groups. Jamie previously founded and co-owned restaurants including Villandry, Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana, and Italian casual dining brand, Kitchen Italia. Jamie is currently featured as one of the “dragons” on BBC2’s massively successful business series Million Pound Menu, which sees fledging concepts vie for the investment of some of the UK’s top restaurant investors.
Jamie trained as an entertainment lawyer at leading media law firm Harbottle and Lewis wherehe acted for a wide range of clients including Sir Roger Moore. In 2000, Jamie got his first tasteof restaurant ownership leaving Harbottle and Lewis to work with Sir Roger’s son, Geoffrey, tocreate a new venue, Hush. The exclusive restaurant, bar and party venue was set up under anEIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) and founding shareholders alongside Jamie Barber includedEvgeny Lebedev, Sebastien Sainsbury, Geoffrey and Sir Roger Moore. Hush has established itselfas one of London’s institutions, combining a brasserie and lively bar with a courtyard which isregularly noted to be one of London’s best alfresco dining spaces. Hush won the TatlerRestaurant Award’s “Best Restaurant of the Year 2014” and the London Club and Bar Award’s“London’s Best Bar 2017.”
In May 2011, Jamie wrote the business plan for a group of Brazilian inspired casual restaurantson the back of packing box and discussed it with close friend and Momo Restaurant founder,David Ponté. Jamie and David opened Cabana at Westfield Stratford and Covent Garden only 6months later, and Westfield London 9 months after that. The group now operates ninerestaurants nationally including a flagship restaurant at The O2 Arena. Cabana is focusing oninternational expansion with restaurants in the Middle East set to open in 2019.
In September 2016, Barber teamed up with former Richoux Group PLC managing director EdStandring and ex-Wagamama CEO Ian Neil to acquire gourmet burger brand Haché. The awardwinning,female focused, all-day, burger centric restaurant brand is a dominant player in localneighbourhoods and the team are looking at further opportunities to expand. Since acquisition,the group have refurbished and repositioned the group, opening a sixth site in busy Holborn.
Haché has gone on to win the Casual Dining Award’s “Menu Innovation Award 2018” and was afinalist in the National Burger Awards. They have worked with leading female chefs includingSabrina Ghayour, Olia Hercules and Zoe Adjonyoh to create limited edition burgers and raise asignificant sum for their chosen charities.
Jamie is a keen jazz pianist, and in a ”previous life”, produced and wrote for a band called Primitiva and was signed to Warner Chappell and George Michael’s Aegean Record Label.
He is passionate about the restaurants he operates and in giving his customers great food with an atmosphere to match. In recognition of the contribution he has made, he was nominated at the Tatler Restaurant Awards for Outstanding Contribution to London Restaurants.