Marissa Hermer is an entrepreneur, restaurateur, author and Co-Founder & President of Boujis Group.
Hermer created issima at La Peer Hotel, featuring wood fired-fare, DJs and cocktails alongside the acclaimed Olivetta, which offers a fine-dining experience with cuisine rooted in Mediterranean culture and Californian sensibility. She is also the owner of The Draycott, a family brasserie-café that finds inspiration in London life and fresh local products as the flagship restaurant of Caruso’s Palisades Village. During the early days of the COVID pandemic, Hermer launched a fundraiser that provided meals for first responders and frontline workers called You Give. We Cook. They Eat.
Hermer also co-founded Maverick Snacks, a healthy brand of packaged food that seeks to combat the childhood obesity problem by creating enjoyable snack options for children.
Early in her career, Hermer worked with Ian Schrager in New York City to open the Gramercy Park Hotel, alongside other successful projects. When she was in London, she went on to use her experience with Ignite Group, a food, beverage and entertainment corporation based in the UK that includes the Boujis, Bumpkin and Eclipse restaurants. Additionally, she established Top Dog Diner, a high-class hot dog restaurant that take inspiration from British and US ingredients to create unique flavors.
As an author, Hermer wrote 'An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a California Expat' by drawing from her childhood in California. The recipes include variations on traditional British dishes with fresh takes from her roots in Southern California. Her also starred in Bravo TV’s 'Ladies of London', an American reality show that follows the lives of various expat women in London.
She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Middlebury College.