D&D London beefs up operations team as familiar face returns

D&D London has announced the return of an operations chief who originally started his career with the company.

Jean-Baptiste Requien has rejoined the restaurant group as operations director, with responsibility for the group’s restaurants in Butler’s Wharf, The North and City of London.

He first linked up with the business in 2001 and then moved to join Gordon Ramsay where he managed restaurants including Claridge’s and Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant in New York City, before overseeing the portfolio as front-of-house manager in 2008.

After returning to D&D in 2010 as senior general manager for Quaglino’s & Bluebird, Requien held the position as operational director for Big Easy Group and then most recently Park Chinois in Mayfair.

Speaking of his new appointment, he commented: “I am excited to be returning to D&D where it all began for me. It’s an exciting time for the company and I look forward to what’s to come.”

D&D London is a group of luxury restaurants, bars and hotels based principally in London, but also with venues in Paris, New York and Tokyo.

It was founded by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi (the eponymous D and D) in 2006, following a buyout of Conran Restaurants, which itself was established back in 1991.

Today D&D London owns and operates 35 restaurants, with one Michelin Star, and an award-winning hotel.

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