Meet the Team

Award-winning people who are passionate about great food and great experiences.

With over 100 years’ combined experience across planning, real estate, retail and hospitality, our world-class team are the best at what they do – united by one single mission: to create unique moments you’ll never forget.

With a collaborative approach at the heart of all projects, the partnership between landlord, tenant, operators and the local community is the bedrock of everything HoH Food Hall is determined to achieve. Our team have the talent, know-how and passion to create something truly unique, a place where quality food meets quality experiences, where you can eat, meet, shop and discover, all under one roof.

Eann Smith

Rok Group

Eann Smith is the MD and Founder of the RoK Group of companies which cover all aspects of the planning, development, construction and operations of the HoH Food Hall. Eann has over 30 years of hands-on, frontline experience in delivering complex planning consents, developments and construction in a dynamic and comprehensive way, and has developed numerous operational companies which are perfectly positioned to thrive in the new 21st Century real estate landscape.

Des McDonald

Des McDonald Restaurant Consultancy services

Coveted food and beverage guru Des McDonald of Des McDonald Associates has over 35 years’ industry experience. Throughout his career, Des has developed, opened and operated more than 150 restaurants, bars, cafes and coffee shops across Europe, America and the Middle East – including the original Ivy restaurant, Soho House and the world-famous Annabel’s Nightclub. With an impressive worldwide portfolio, Des has unparalleled experience and will ensure consistent quality and innovation as the project progresses.

cada design

Design and fit out teams

CADA design is a global F&B design company which boasts a world-class reputation, having designed for the Harrods Food Hall, Selfridges Food Hall, Fortnum and Mason and Waitrose to name just a few. They have won numerous distinguished awards over their 25-year history, including the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2016, the Global RLI Awards 2018, and the Farm Shop Deli Awards 2018, and were finalists at the Retail Interior Awards 2016. CADA will lead the design and fit-out teams for the HoH Food Hall, to bring RoK’s ambitious vision to life.

JS Land & Capital

Real estate consultancy

JS Land & Capital Global is a niche real estate consultancy business focused on the acquisition, development and assessments of real estate across all sectors on behalf of overseas investors. The company has completed over £500m of acquisitions, developments and disposals and has two principal clients, Huwaylan UK Limited and ODBL Ltd. It was one of the first consultancies to respond to the opportunity to develop and reposition vacant department stores into thriving creative-led centres for the new wave of food halls and independent operators, and will support RoK and Huwaylan throughout the duration of the HoH Food Hall project.

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