If we seem friendly and obliging, that’s the wine talking.
Joe left Dunedin, New Zealand as a fresh faced 18 year old and headed for the bright lights of London. He took up his role at Suze soon after landing (2 hours) and has been with the company ever since. Joe’s leadership qualities and his desire for perfection soon saw him promoted to manager.
Soon after his promotion Joe took on his WSET wine studies which he passed with flying colours. In June 2009 he was invited to Champagne for a week of intense study and tasting and at the end became only the 5th New Zealander to graduate and gain membership to the prestigious Champagne Academy. Joe can be relied upon for expert advice when searching for the perfect wine match when dining at Suze or the palatable after work tipple.
Hailing from a strong and successful sporting family, Joe keeps his active lifestyle up through his personal training and should he be available, is always keen to lace up for a game of rugby.
When you visit Suze, keep an eye out for Joe’s pug, Winston. He is our star Mascot and in charge of our website blog.
Since leaving New Zealand and a school teaching career, Tom and Susan have notched up 33 years in hospitality and catering in London.
They have had considerable influence in promoting New Zealand food and wine in the UK. It has given them pleasure to witness the emergence of the NZ wine industry and the ensuing triumphs. They consider the high quality and consistency of the products go a long way to their success.
Susan’s passion for new food ideas keeps the menu fresh and interesting.
Tom will ‘natter’ about wine, to anyone who will listen!
They live in Highgate with their two cats and enjoy travel and sailing. Tom has signed up to crew in this years Fastnet race and will keep you posted in his blog.
In 2006 Susan and Tom were awarded New Zealanders of the year for their promotion of NZ Food and Wine products in the UK. They also received the Hotel and Restaurant Magazines “Taste Challenge” award for pairing NZ Food and Wine products. Tom is also a member of the prestigious Champagne Academy.