Meet Anna: the fabulous woman who leads all of the food and drink activity across Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel.

Tell us about your role
I’m the F&B Lead at Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, which in layman’s terms means I look after the most fun aspect of the business: restaurants, bars, events and breakfast!

I get to work with the most amazing team and be super creative with our approach to service and what we offer. The best part of my job is that I get to taste lots of amazing food, wine and cocktails; and I work in the most beautiful spaces: the mysterious, colourful BABA, and the bright full of greenery The Garden.

How long have you worked here?
I joined BABA’s team as the Restaurant Manager shortly after moving to Edinburgh from London almost three years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already!). I fell in love with the food and concept, but most importantly with the people. Moving to new city and starting from the very beginning is really hard, but I’ve never felt more welcome – the process of creating our BABA family will always be proudest moment of my career.

Tell us a bit about where you’re from
I came to the UK from Poland about 15 years ago in my mid-twenties, which still surprises me when I do the maths because I’m barely over 30 right now! Poland is a beautiful country with lots of history and castles. It’s surrounded by the sea in the north and mountains in the south, – you have to travel a lot to experience all of that. Whereas here in Edinburgh, we have all of this in one place – one of the reasons I love it so much here!

What do you love about the hospitality industry?
The hospitality industry is never constant – it changes all the time. I love that you always have to be on your toes: anticipating new trends, guest expectations and thinking outside the box, even just trying figure out how to stay ahead of your competition. It’s not your regular nine-to-five job – sometimes it can be stressful, but at the same time, it’s very exciting and never boring.

What’s your all-time favourite item on the menu?
Food-wise, my favourite would have to be BABA’s chargrilled broccoli with lentils, pomegranate, hazelnuts and soft egg, purely because I never imagined that a vegetarian dish could be so full of different depths of flavour and texture… and you can actually grill broccoli? That’s mad! This veg became a must on my barbecue at home.

What country is on your food and drink bucket list?
Where do I start?! All of my trips were always centred around local food and drink. If I had to choose one it would have to be Thailand – I love how fresh, spicy, zesty and full of flavours Thai food is, and trying authentic Thai street food would be my dream.

What’s your favourite quote?
It’s better to regret something you have done, than regret something you haven’t.
I reckon we all should live our lives to the fullest – take risks! I don’t believe in mistakes, I only believe in choices – something that might look like a bad choice at the time might lead to something really good in the future that otherwise wouldn’t have happened.