the team

Neil Rankin

Chef Director

Neil began his career as a chef in fine dining kitchens under Michael Wignall and Nuno Mendes, and at Rhodes 24 and The French Table. He went on to work at Barbecoa, the restaurant which saw Jamie Oliver team up with Adam Perry Lang, where his love for charcoal cooking began. He was formerly Head Chef at Pitt Cue and Exec Chef for Noble Inns, where Neil launched the Smokehouse restaurants.

Sam Lee

Managing Director

Managing Director Sam Lee leads the operations and front of house team at temper.

Sam has worked with leading operators in London and Asia, running restaurants, fine dining operations, and events. Her vast experience in company set up and business management is also applied to her business coaching, where she works with FTSE 100 companies across the globe.

Mark Jeevaratham

Head Chef

A highly experienced Head Chef, Mark has led kitchens in various successful restaurants in both his native New Zealand and in London. At temper, Mark will explore the culinary interests he shares with Neil for tempering meat and creating bold flavours through barbecuing over live fire.

George

Senior Sous Chef

As Sous Chef and, later, Head Chef at Smokehouse, Islington, George has worked as part of a Neil Rankin kitchen team before. As Senior Sous at temper, George runs the grill, manages our butchery, and is involved in working with some of the best farms in the UK to source quality product.

Jonny Warner

General Manager

Jonny has managed front of house for many of the UK’s leading dining rooms, including Malmaison and Rick Stein. The opening of Pitt Cue co. saw Jonny and Neil team up to head front and back of house. A four-year tenure running Mark Hix’s flagship Soho restaurant followed until it was time to rekindle the relationship with Neil at temper.

Emily Acha Derrington

Marketing Manager

Emily has spent the last decade working with some of the UK’s finest wine and spirits merchants. Emily also has a keen interest in spirits – in particular Mezcal and agave liqueurs. Emily has travelled to remote regions of Mexico to meet artisan producers and build her impressive knowledge of this distinctive spirit.

Donald Edwards

Sommelier

Donald is a champion of lesser known wine regions. Donald co-founded Peckham Bazaar – proclaimed by Jancis Robinson as having “one of the most extraordinary wine lists I have come across in the capital”. Shortlisted for Imbibe’s ‘Innovator of the year’ award, in his spare time Donald produces a fine Tokaji, which features on temper’s menu.