Beginning his hospitality profession 1996, Martin joined ‘Gaucho’ restaurants in 2005 and left his role of Managing Director nine years later. He oversaw the restaurant group which grew from six to sixteen restaurants (including the Manchester venue). During this period Gaucho received many awards including ‘Best Restaurant Group’ at the Cateys and twice won ‘Best Restaurant’ in the Manchester Evening News Restaurant Awards.
Since creating M, Martin has led the team to open three multi-faceted venues and see M win over two dozen significant awards. M was named as the ‘One to Watch’ in both the Propel / Bank of England restaurant industry report 2016 and the Livingbridge 2018 report.
Martin was seen on BBC1 judging the Masterchef ‘Restaurateurs Table’, he is also a judge of the National Restaurant Awards and has been profiled in both City AM and the Sunday Telegraph in their ‘Entrepreneurs features’.
Since a nomination for the ‘Evening Standard 2016 Business Awards’, Martin was named by ‘Harpers’ as one of the 20 most influential people in the drinks industry.