Cesar Goncalves first joined The Wolseley back in 2016 as a bartender. Now, he is at the helm, running a smooth operation as Bar Manager. We spoke to him to find out a little bit more about him and why a career in hospitality is so rewarding.
How did you get into bar management?
I was born in Brazil, but then we moved to Portugal and I grew up in Lisbon. While I was studying there, I used to wait tables – after I finished, I decided to move to London (almost seven years ago now!), and working in hospitality was a natural progression.
In a way it was pure chance, I had got a job as a waiter, but on my first day I was asked to go behind the bar and I realised that’s where I wanted to be. After a year, I went for a job at Zédel, but ended up being asked to do a shift at The Wolseley and like they say the rest is history.
What’s the best thing about working at The Wolseley?
It being so classic is definitely a unique draw, but I would say my team above everything else. I really enjoy working with them all and building a team who love working here as much as I do.
The support you get from the directors/senior team and opportunities to grow with the group are also fantastic – I started off as a bartender here just over five years ago, and now I am the Bar Manager!
I have done shifts at all the other Wolseley Hospitality Group restaurants when extra support has been required, which is also great to see how the other sites operate, but I’m really glad I came here to The Wolseley…
When you’re not at The Wolseley, which The Wolseley Hospitality Group restaurant do you like to dine/drink at?
It has to be Bellanger in Islington. It has such a good vibe, the space is beautiful and the bar is expansive – it’s a great spot for cocktails!
What one piece of advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into hospitality?
Attitude is absolutely the most important thing. With a positive attitude and being open to learning, you can go really far in this industry.
It’s always a pleasure to know someone has enjoyed their experience – and it is satisfying being able to make someone’s day a little better.
You also have opportunities to learn from others, gain knowledge and develop skills you may not expect. For example, I love wine, but I have learnt so much about what makes a good wine and what to pair with food from working in this industry, as well as some very useful cooking tips from our chefs here!
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