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​Paulo de Tarso: Mastering the Art of Hospitality in Episode 145

​Paulo de Tarso: Mastering the Art of Hospitality in Episode 145

Posted by Emma on 22nd Feb 2024

In the compelling 145th episode of the Ceres Podcast, we dive deep into the life and insights of Paulo de Tarso, a name that has become a hallmark of excellence in hospitality. From washing pots in New York to orchestrating the floor of some of the UK's most prestigious restaurants, Paulo's journey is a testament to the transformative power of dedication, passion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Paulo's story is a rich tapestry woven with threads of Brazilian warmth and Italian heritage, beginning across the Atlantic in the bustling restaurants of the United States. Here, Paulo discovered his profound affection for the hospitality industry, laying the groundwork for an illustrious career. This early chapter of his life highlights the importance of humble beginnings and the endless possibilities that arise from a genuine love for connecting people through food and service.

Throughout our conversation, Paulo voiced concerns about the hospitality industry's challenges, particularly the perceived undervaluation by government entities. His insights shed light on the critical need for greater appreciation and support for a sector pivotal to cultural enrichment and economic vitality.


Addressing the saturation of restaurants, Paulo distinguishes between mere service and genuine hospitality. He argues for a hospitality that fosters a deeper connection with guests, elevating the dining experience beyond the transactional. This philosophy is central to understanding Paulo's approach to his work.

With remarkable honesty, Paulo shared the lessons learned from the missteps in his career. The narrative of opening Margot in Covent Garden in 2016, an endeavour marked by acclaim and challenges, serves as a compelling case study on the complexities of the restaurant business in London. His reflections on his departure from Margot in 2020 and thoughts on alternative approaches offer a rare glimpse into the mind of a seasoned restaurateur.

Paulo's career has been significantly shaped by industry luminaries like Daniel Boulud, Danny Meyer, Chris Corbin, and Jeremy King, who imparted invaluable wisdom and insights. The importance Paulo places on mentoring speaks volumes about his dedication to nurturing future talent and ensuring the hospitality industry's growth and sustainability.

As we ponder the future for Paulo de Tarso, his recent TED Talk serves as a beacon of his ongoing influence and commitment to the hospitality industry. Despite the hurdles, his enthusiasm for new ventures and continued contribution to the sector suggest that his journey is far from over. Paulo remains a figure of inspiration, embodying the essence of hospitality that goes beyond the confines of a dining room to touch the lives of many.

Episode 145 of the Ceres Podcast explores Paulo de Tarso's remarkable career and an invitation to understand the heart and soul of genuine hospitality. Through Paulo's lens, we gain insight into a world where passion, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of excellence converge to create unforgettable experiences. Join us as we celebrate the journey of a man dedicated to bringing people together, one meal at a time.