POWER LIST 2017, MARKET MOVERS: Scott Macdonald, Managing Director, Polpo

Scott Macdonald knows a thing or two about kitchen roll-outs.

During his time at Bill’s Restaurants, he was involved in the launch of close to 70 restaurants in four years as the chain grew its presence on the high street. Scott Macdonald portrait

That experience will undoubtedly prove invaluable as he makes his mark on Polpo, the award-winning Venetian restaurant chain known for its fresh flavours and satisfying dishes.

It might not have the same aggressive expansion model in mind as the one that Macdonald was accustomed to at Bill’s, but with a new site opening in Oxford this year it is at least beginning to look outside its London stronghold.

His knowledge will be vital as the group builds on that and moves forward in the market. Scott’s arrival at Polpo has certainly been one of the bigger shocks of the year, coming just a few weeks after Revolution Bars Group announced him as its director of food.

He was all set to look after food innovation within the group and develop its offering in that area, but opted instead to switch operators.

Polpo has received the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand for the last six consecutive years and, under his stewardship, Scott will be managing his kitchen team closely to ensure it continues to hit those high markers.

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Company: Polpo
Address: 23 Golden Square, London, England, W1F 9JP
Tel: 020 7734 4479
Twitter: @Polpo
Website: www.polpo.co.uk
Focus: Venetian food

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