Emma Underwood

Emma has made her mark within the industry as a dynamic and insightful restaurant general manager, helping to sculpt the guest experience and development of some of the most exciting restaurants in the northwest of England and now London. Emma’s influence in the industry is defined by her socially conscious style and multi-disciplinary approach that combines culture, critical thinking, equality and a passionate interest in the world of gastronomy.

Beginning her career at Gary Usher’s first restaurant, Sticky Walnut, in Chester, Emma went on to run Gary’s second restaurant in Heswall, Burnt Truffle, and was integral to the set up of his third site, Hispi, in Didsbury. In 2017, Emma joined the team of Where The Light Gets In, the unconventional, immersive restaurant in Stockport. Most recently, Emma has moved to London and is now general manager of Mark Jarvis’ new restaurant, Stem.

Outside of the restaurant, Emma joined the TMRW Project, a collaborative platform co-founded by Dan Doherty and Anna Sulan Masing. The platform progressively looks to the future of the hospitality industry in the UK and is based on a value system focused on succeeding, growing and continuing to develop the industry. Emma leads The Switch, an initiative that fosters a nationwide ideas exchange in which FoH staff switch places of work for up to 1 week.


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