Matt Connell scores hat-trick for Bull&Roo at Caterer Middle East Awards

Won Restaurant Manager of the Year for Common Grounds
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Common Grounds’ Matt Connell won Restaurant Manager of the Year at the Caterer Middle East Awards.

It meant Bull&Roo walked away with no less than three victories, a clean sweep as the firm founded by Tom Arnel claimed victories in all of its nominated categories.


Having left his own award-winning café in his homeland of Australia to join Arnel, Connell has continued his success at Bull&Roo.

Exceeding revenue targets quarter after quarter and year after year, he is now heading up the future expansion of the Common Grounds brand which opened two new outlets earlier in the year.

Speaking to Caterer Middle East upon receiving his award, Connell said that the win would “mean a lot of exposure for us, more customers through the door. We’ve just opened two new venues, on in JLT and one in DIFC and we have future expansion plans for the Common Grounds brand. It’s been very well received in the new locations and we’ll be expanding to another location by the end of the year.”

Connell was given his prize by Esam Baccush - director of development and sales from A&T Interiors at the glittering award ceremony at the JW Marriott Marquis.

He also encouraged other F&B representatives to enter next year, saying: “Going through the application process it’s a reflection of everything you’ve done in the past 12 months and reaffirms the hard work you’ve done.”

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