Hakkasan’s UK office in London has been rocked by a wave of redundancies, following visits by US senior management to the capital last week.
Imbibe has heard through the sommelier grapevine of up to 10 people losing their jobs, from chefs to members of the wine team, and rumour has it that the entire marketing department has gone.
Imbibe asked Hakkasan to clarify or deny the events of the last week, but the company refused to comment.
Imbibe has heard that there was no warning and no discussion prior to the redundancies, with shocked staff called into meetings, informed of their fate and asked to leave the same day.
Diana Rollan, a 10-year stalwart of the company, and a highly respected senior judge at Imbibe’s Sommelier Wine Awards competition has been one of those affected, though the company’s head of wine, Christine Parkinson, is still in place.
The redundancies come two weeks after Hakkasan’s decision to close HKK, and will enhance rumours that the company is increasingly shifting its focus away from Europe to the Middle East and Far East.