The Gang

The team at TMK is fearless, having held positions in kitchens, bars and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at TMK to bring guests a wild and unruly dining experience. Expect great food, copious amounts of drinks and exceptional service.

Paul Franklin

General Manager

With 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Paul Franklin excels in leading restaurant and bar teams. Through meaningful staff training, Paul focuses on equipping his team for success. Under his mentorship, each team member’s personal skills are identified, established and fully utilised, ensuring the success of the outlet. 

Throughout his illustrious career, Paul has gained experience at celebrated establishments and restaurant groups in London – All Star Lanes, Peyote Restaurants, Rail House Café and Yosma London to name a few. He spearheaded restaurant launches and showed his expertise in operations through path implementation, site recruitment, goal measurement, and design and execution of operating procedures. A motivational and engaging individual, Paul has led numerous teams of excellent staff who not only work tirelessly towards building the restaurant brand, but who do so with a smile on their faces. 

Paul was brought to Hong Kong in 2019 to helm the capable restaurant teams at Honjo and TMK, two of Pirata Group’s Japanese inspired establishments in Sheung Wan. Constantly up to tackle any challenge that comes his way, Paul took both restaurants’ launches in stride with astute observations, creative solutions and a positive approach towards handling each and every situation. As Multi Site General Manager for Pirata Group, Paul will work with his team to display fierce dedication towards providing unparalleled hospitality to guests at Honjo and TMK.

Elerin Juhanson

Restaurant Manager

Originally from Estonia, Elerin Juhanson always had a great passion for cooking and wanted to be a chef when she grew up. However, her aspirations changed when she discovered her adoration for the service side of F&B while working part-time during her studies. Her first job was for a leading hospitality group at one of the best restaurants in Estonia, an experience that made her strive for excellence. Pursuing another of her great passions, Elerin travelled the world and lived in five different countries on three different continents.

She first visited Hong Kong while still living in London and fell in love with the city, telling herself that she would one day move here. When she had the opportunity to join Pirata Group, it was a no brainer and she immediately jumped on board. Eleven became a part of the Pici Central team in 2018 and the rest is history. 

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