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Valentina Cesario is front of house at José.
You may remember Valentina from Shoreditch’s Pizza East. Now that beaming smile welcomes us to Bermondsey.
Valentina on José:
“José is a little ‘home’ for everybody. I love working here because it reflects a lot my personality; cosiness, simplicity, quality, in three simple words! I know my staff inside out, as a friend and as a boss. That’s why I love this place so much. I trust everybody here and this reflects in what we deliver, I hope…
“To be a good front of house you have to find a balance in fulfilling everybody’s needs but also blending lots of fun. It’s our job to guide our guests throughout their experience; suggesting, smiling, talking, asking, making sure they find what they are looking for and sometimes changing their mind and taking charge of their experience.
“I fell in love with Bermondsey Street. Lots of friendly locals and as mentioned before that ‘family feel’ is in the air – people know my name and I know theirs. I know what they drink and what they like to eat, so sometimes they don’t even have to ask and a glass of fino is on the table before they’ve ordered.
“I actually met Hervé and José before I started working for them and I have to say that we’re on the same wavelength in terms of standards. I always knew that one day I would choose the right space where I could perform in absolute freedom.”
José Pizarro on Valentina:
“Valentina is gorgeous, clever, stylish, full of energy and glamour.”
Regular patron on Valentina:
“She’s just really savvy and has a sense of humour and she’s a real girl around town. It’s never just about the food… She makes the place and adds to the whole experience.”
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- Cogs Story