Sophie Phillips is the general manager of a new restaurant in York, Las Iguanas in Back Swinegate.

Previously based in Derby, Ms Phillips grasped the opportunity to head up the team in York, a city she previously visited as a tourist but has yet to explore.

Brought up in Hertfordshire, Ms Phillips studied Business Studies and joined the Las Iguanas team in Leeds in 2007. Her ethos on life is live it to the full and enjoy every minute but attention to detail is key, understanding that having fun needs to be complimented with a keen eye and a business head.

Las Iguanas opens in York on Easter Monday, March 28.

What job would you like to have other than your own and why?

"If I didn’t have this great opportunity for Las Iguanas, I would probably be a teacher. I love speaking to people and I think being a teacher would be very rewarding. I used to enjoy playing teachers when I was younger and always thought it would be a possible route in my future career. I love my job too as it is similarly satisfying and keeps me on my toes!"

What makes you most angry?

"I think a lack of manners or lack of smiling is something that really gets me down. In my job it makes everyone’s day much brighter if you treat everyone with respect and how you would like to be spoken to yourself. There is no need for bad manners and the littlest bit of positivity can help perk up someone’s day. Especially if I am really busy at Las Iguanas, it is always helpful to get friendly and polite individuals who do their best to go out of their way for you- and that’s the kind of general manager I hope I am."

What do you need to make life complete?

"Good food, good location and good friends. I think this is really complete in York where there are so many different places to go, you can find somewhere new every time you step out of the door! It is also so pretty with the walls; I can’t wait to walk round them and explore the city and its landmarks with my friends and family. Just having the best time with the best company is something that I love and strive to have in my life all the time."

Why do you make a difference?

"I am confident in making sure that everyone who visits Las Iguanas has a great time- one that will make them want to come back again and again. I think it is a personal touch and someone who is happy to help no matter what that makes your dining and drinking experience- and that person is me. This is why my job is so hugely rewarding, and something that is different every day."


"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."