MEET OUR TEAM
We’re a team made up of friendly people who enjoy great food and a good laugh. We’re entrepreneurs, chefs, food production managers and marketers. We’re eaters, drinkers, travellers and people persons. Pop in to the Hatchery Space and say hi or get in touch with us here.
Stew is a serial entrepreneur with China startup and growth stage experience in both education and hospitality industries. With fluent Mandarin, he is passionate about innovative business models, operations systems and investment strategy. Stew likes the finer things in life and you’ll often find him sipping whiskeys and nibbling on cheese, until he finds the next great Chongqing hotpot.
Alex has a background in corporate agribusiness, hospitality, startups and marketing. Alex balances corporate business with startup interests in China, believing both large and small businesses can learn more from each other. When he’s not with his young family or enjoying New Zealand wine and produce, he’s focused on driving Hatchery management, operations and marketing.
Chris is an experienced international business development professional specialising in mergers and acquisitions, business strategy and technology. He's overseen over US1 billion in acquisitions in the agriculture sector and is currently completing his studies in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University. Chris is an avid vinyl collector (with well over 2000 records) and DJs under the moniker Brother Ping.
Marketing & Strategy Director
Ricky has a start-up and corporate management background, previously working with blue-chips Siemens and CITIC Securities, as well as founding China’s first LGBT outbound tourism agency GLOW Travel in Beijing. The Tsinghua and HEC MBA alum will help lead Hatchery’s marketing and strategy efforts in China with particular focus on developing the entrepreneur/platform fundraising mode.
General Manager - Beijing
Ben is a multi-talented consultant with experience in the legal, financial and hospitality sectors. Last year, he opened Chongqing’s first large-scale gastropub after a stint in the corporate world in Singapore. Ben’s love for hospitality has driven him to Hatchery where he helps entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and where you’ll also find him waiting tables and mingling with diners.
General Manager - Shanghai
Clara, a postgraduate of LSE, George Washington and Fudan universities, helped found and manage Shanghai craft beer haunt District in 2015 and has been working closely with the family-owned Belgian brewery group Duvel Moortgat ever since. Clara is working with local entrepreneurs and the community to incubate, validate and launch food ideas in Shanghai and Greater China.
JJ runs the front of house and concept operations for Hatchery. After leaving the finance world in London, he’s quickly made Beijing his home and is well known for his quick wit and warm hospitality. JJ is a keen tennis player, food aficionado and loves to cook.
Andrewe left the technology industry to join Hatchery and drive marketing and communications. Passionate about offline and online marketing, he loves delivering memorable experiences for diners and in his spare time runs food pop-ups and DJs around Beijing.
Food Ops Manager
Chef Simone Thompson is an Australian native, who’s spent the last eight years working in various kitchens and restaurants across London - notably at Barrica which was awarded a Bib Gourmand in 2016 with Simone as head chef, and at The Marksman - Michelin Guide’s UK pub of the year.
Eva is experienced in corporate governance, executive assistance and communications having previously worked with Huishan Dairy and most recently with Fonterra’s International Farming division based in Beijing. Eva supports Hatchery’s new locations and projects in Beijing, as well as contributing to marketing communications
Li Jingyang hails from the northern city of Harbin in Heilongjiang province. He's previously established an import/export and warehouse logistics company and brings his operational expertise to the Hatchery management team.
Tony gets things done. He’s in early, out late and runs the kitchen during service. You’ll often find him belting out songs at the top of his lungs in the kitchen, and he loves exploring new western cuisines.
Michelle joined the Hatchery team in early 2016 and has worked her way up into the Assistant Manager role. She's a quick learner and a team player. Michelle describes herself an independent thinker and enjoys travel, film and singing in her spare time.
Dave has over fifteen years culinary experience in both commercial and professional kitchens in New Zealand and Australia. He's passionate about food safety and has degrees in food science and brewing.
Grace is a talented corporate lawyer who enjoys balancing big business with startups and growing food businesses. Originally from Sichuan, Grace calls Beijing home and enjoys travelling the world in search of new tastes and sights.
Elisa is an experienced interior designer with a design background from Panama, Paris, London, Hong Kong and more recently Beijing. Elisa speaks five languages and has a passion for furniture design.
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88 Dongsi 9th Alley
Dongcheng District, Beijing
+86 10 8950 8065