My relationship with Food and Hospitality started when I was around 15 working nights making and selling bread. The shop owner also had a restaurant, where I became first a bartender and took my first steps in being formally trained in Hospitality. I fell in love with it instantly, as the level of intensity in a successful restaurant operation is incredible and the feeling of achievement that you get at the end of a good session is amazing. I loved meeting new people all the time and was very passionate about giving these people a memorable experience.
I then moved further afield, which meant spending nearly two years running events for a fabulous Marriott hotel in United States, as well as spending another five years managing restaurants at two of the best hotels in the country – the home of the 2010 Ryder Cup and 2014 NATO Summit, The Celtic Manor Resort and Cardiff’s landmark hotel, the five star St. David’s Hotel & Spa. At The Celtic Manor my team received "Top UK Conference Hotel of the Year 2007" and a three rosette award in 2008 for The Crown at Celtic Manor - one of the first restaurants in Wales to achieve this, whilst at St. David's Hotel the restaurant was voted "Best restaurant in Cardiff" 2011 by Toptable diners and was recommended in the Michelin Guide in three consecutive years 2010, 2011 & 2012.
In between these two hotels, I managed the operations in two of the best restaurants in South Wales – a while at the two-rosette/Bib Gourmand "The Hardwick" in Abergavenny and before that, the two-rosette Gilby’s Restaurant at Culverhouse Cross. I have had the good fortune to work with some of the best Chefs in the country such as the Michelin-starred Stephen Terry and James Sommerin which very much helped driving my passion for food & hospitality.
After a stint as Food & Beverage Manager for Intercontinental Hotels Group, I spent four years as Chapter’s Director of Food & Beverage, winning several awards and opening another site in the process.
Over the past several years I have run the operations at the Bristol site for a fantastic Italian brand, Veeno, and also helped set-up and navigate the national lockdowns a fantastic Cardiff-based tapas bar, The Groaker.
Luca's Events is all about creating memorable experiences; through my friends in the Hospitality industry, we have access to some of the best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. These are all people who not only have fantastic knowledge and cook delicious food, but are also well versed in the delicate art of cooking in someone's home. It is not only about putting on a cooking show, it is about giving you that special feeling that you really hired an expert for the night, one that will use their passion and experience to really WOW your guests.
We are makers and creators, we only ever use fresh ingredients and - through our family history - have a very special relationship with food, wine and nature.
Daniela is immensely experienced at the highest level possible, having spent the last 15 years running Food & Beverage operations in various outlets at the 5* Celtic Manor Resort. Previous to this she spent several years with Marriott International, as well as several others in the luxury casino industry.
She has a huge passion for hospitality, customer service and for developing high performing teams.
Having started with The Celtic Manor in 2006 in The Manor House, running the restaurant, room service and events operation, she was part of the team that delivered multiple "UK Conference Hotel of the Year" awards for the hotel.
She later spent several years as Merlins Bar Manager, where together with her team, had been awarded "Best Bar in Wales".
During her time in Merlins Bar she employed and trained a number of outstanding people, current and future leaders, including the two Bar Managers who succeeded her.
She then became the Restaurant Manager for Steak on Six, the resort's Signature restaurant. Having been the manager who opened Steak on Six, they have quickly become one of the top restaurants in the country, having achieved a two rosette award within five months of opening. This award was confirmed by the AA inspectors for the fourth year running.
Over her 15 years at The Celtic Manor Resort she has been an executive team member who helped deliver some of the most spectacular events in the country's recent history: The 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2014 NATO Summit.
Daniela had been consistently described as extremely organised, hugely knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about giving all her guests a memorable experience.
She has natural warmth, a beautiful smile, loves people and posesses great attention to detail.
Currently the Conference and Events Manager at one of the country's busiest wedding and events venues, Marriott St. Pierre.
With almost 20 years experience managing operations in the Wedding and Events industry, you simply cannot get a better event manager for your wedding. Marian posseses obsessive attention to detail, incredible organisational skills, is an excellent communicator and comes with the experience of delivering well over 100 weddings large and small each year, all at a fantastic level.
His passion?... turning your vision into your dream day.
On the run up to and on your wedding day he will be there to "sprinkle his magic" and make the day go off without a hitch.
He has been described by his guests as "an effective communicator with a warm and welcoming personality, with exceptional attention to detail, an immaculate presentation and a passion for exceeding expectations".