Tim began his career in the kitchen at St. John with renowned chef Fergus Henderson. He opened A Cena in Twickenham in 2001 with his wife Camilla, who ran the Blue Print Café, La Reserve and Café Emporio Armani. In 2009, they opened A Cena food stores, which comprises three shops: A Cena on the hill Deli, Richmond Hill Butchers and Richmond Hill Bakery.
Tim owns two restaurants along with co-owner Lawrence Hartley, including Joe Allen and Mustard in Brook Green.
Having graduated from Westminster Catering College in the early nineties, one of Lawrence’s first jobs was at Café Rouge, where he helped Karen Jones and Roger Myers open five of their first seven units. After working as maitre d’ at The Ivy under famed restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, he opened Brula in St. Margarets, Twickenham in 1998 to wide critical acclaim.
Lawrence owns three restaurants along with co-owner Tim Healy, including Joe Allen and Mustard in Brook Green.
A stalwart of Joe Allen and part of the very fabric of the place, Cathy first joined the team at Joe’s sister restaurant, Orso, as a waitress. She worked her way through various roles behind the bar before becoming Maitre D’.
In 1989, she made the short journey through the restaurant’s connecting passage to Joe Allen as Head Maitre D’ before becoming General Manager. Now Operations Manager for Joe Allen, Cathy can still often be found working the floor, even appearing as a show girl from time to time.
Frans de Wet
Frans is really pleased to be working with Lawrence again, having spent his early career at Brula and La Buvette – as Sous and then Head Chef. He then went on to hone his skills with such chef luminaries as Albert Roux Senior and Gordon Ramsay. His CV also features a stint on a private yacht in the Bahamas but the lure of the London restaurant scene proved too strong as he returned to head up the Elgin in Ladbroke Grove, High Timber and now the exciting new Joe Allen.
Armed with a degree in Hospitality Management from London Metropolitan University Deborah has held most of the jobs a restaurant requires: from kitchen porter to gastropub landlady.
Along the way, she helped open early branches of Livebait and The Real Greek. All this simply served as preparation for the labour of love that is Joe Allen, where she is Restaurant Manager.
A people pleaser at heart Deborah finds the ultimate job satisfaction is a busy, buzzy shift featuring happy customers and contented staff.
Stewart originally trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. As the acting profession is notoriously perilous he eventually fell into the hospitality industry with which he found a natural affinity.
After stints in various restaurants around the Notting Hill area – including The Market Bar and First Floor, he transferred to the West End at The Atlantic Bar and Grill.
Finally, he found his natural home at Joe Allen – a heady mix of theatre and catering where he has been a waiter, a bartender, then onto Head Waiter before taking on his current role as Restaurant Manager.