Marissa Hermer, our guest editor for July and star of Bravo TV’s Ladies of London, is also a restauranteur. She and her husband Matt Hermer own Bumpkin, a chain of restaurants in the United Kingdom. This week, Marissa shares the restaurant’s ultra healthy (and delish) green juice recipe with us.
As a native Californian, I grew up on juices—my childhood days were filled with fresh-squeezed pear and apple juices, and in more recent years, I’ve grown to love veggie juices. When I met my Ladies of London cast mate Julie Montagu, I found another juice lover—and rather than meeting for a coffee catchup or a cocktail gossip, we would meet over juices. As our relationship grew, and as we were going to all our local restaurants for juices, I quickly realised we needed a juicer at Bumpkin—as it made sense to meet at my own restaurant than to go somewhere else! Julie, being a wellness warrior and healthy food guru, shared her recipe for a veggie juice with me—so we now serve Julie’s Lean Mean Green Machine at all of our Bumpkins. It is easy to make at home, jam-packed full of vitamins, and incredibly alkalising.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, Marissa worked in New York City, where she launched several fashion, luxury, restaurant, and nightlife brands. She met Matt Hermer, a British restaurateur and nightclub owner, while in the city and relocated to London in 2008 to be with him. Now married, the couple has two sons together. Marissa uses her own luxury public relations and brand management expertise to grow the family businesses, including Eclipse Bars, Bumpkin restaurants, and Boujis nightclubs.
She's currently writing a British food cookbook, launching a children’s party program at Bumpkin, planning the annual Boujis Summer Party, and finalizing plans for an American-concept restaurant, which will open in London and other European cities this fall. Her sons, Max and Jake, keep her busy in Hyde Park, and often accompany her to Bumpkin food tastings; they are the official tasters of the Bumpkin kids' menu!