Jon Lawson – Head Chef/Co-owner

Jon found his form working 5 years in Theo Randall’s eponymous London kitchen. Whilst there the effortless and unpretentious hearty cooking inspired him, having been exposed to some of the finest seasonal produce available. Balancing flavours and textures, whilst preserving the integrity of the principal ingredient became Jon’s personal ‘narrative’ and chosen form of self-expression.

He has spent the past year re-examining and visiting the culinary roots of the countries whose regional traditions inspire him, finding a path to help determine his own style and personality in the kitchen.

He also managed to launch a series of sell out supper clubs, at his Haggerston Loft with his close friend and business partner Munur Shah.

‘I have tasted, sampled, been energized and exhilarated and am now ready to express.’

Munur Shah – Front of House/Co-owner

As business partner/co-owner and successful businessman working in London, New York and Singapore, Munur heads the front of house team.
He is dedicated to create a relaxed and welcoming environment, with a team that effortlessly delivers the ultimate casual dining experience. He takes full charge, ensuring that the quality of the food sent out from the kitchen is matched by our guest’s welcoming experience.

Esmeralda Gomez – Assistant-manager

Esmerelda, our assistant manager, has spent several years at restaurants at the top of the London restaurant scene. Her experience in informal/tapas style service is an essential component within the team, helping to make unique Italian inspired food more accessible to our guests.

Simona Giordano – Sous-chef

Simona is highly valued for her professional expertise from her experience in London, Italy and Dubai. Inspired by her native Puglia and aided by a family with a rich culinary tradition, from farmers and fisherman to chefs, she joins us to help express some of the wonderful peasant dishes typical in Southern Italy.

Laurent Tse - Sous-chef

Laurent worked the rigorous service culture of the House of Commons and the demanding environment at Theo’s, where he mastered the art of exceptional Italian cooking. Laurent has strong food values and a commitment to sharing knowledge whilst supporting the team. He is hugely talented and Popolo Shoreditch welcomes his experience and creative influence.