Marissa Hermer is a restaurateur, entrepreneur, author and Co-Founder & President of Boujis Group.
Hermer has created issima, a tribute to the estival euro beach holiday, featuring wood fired-fare, hedonistic cocktails and nightly DJs at La Peer Hotel as well as a fine-dining experience at the widely acclaimed Olivetta, offering a cuisine and ambiance rooted in the Mediterranean lifestyle with California sensibility. She is also the owner of The Draycott, a family brasserie-café and flagship restaurant of Caruso’s Palisades Village that draws inspiration from London life and features classic meals made from fresh local products with British inflection. At the onset of the COVID pandemic, she launched You Give. We Cook. They Eat, a fundraiser run by both restaurants to provide meals for first responders and frontline workers.
Hermer also co-founded the healthy packaged food brand, Maverick Snacks, in response to the overwhelming childhood obesity problem and lack of wholesome snack options for kids.
Her first foray into the restaurant industry was in New York City working with Ian Schrager to open Gramercy Park Hotel, among other successful endeavors. In London, she used this experience to create locally-loved spots with Ignite Group – a UK-based international food, beverage and entertainment corporation – including Boujis, Eclipse and Bumpkin restaurants. Hermer also launched solo project Top Dog Diner, a gourmet hot dog restaurant using flavor combinations from the US alongside British ingredients.
Hermer tapped into her California childhood to author 'An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a California Expat'. Recipes reflect fresh takes on comforting British dishes with a bit of sunshine from her SoCal roots. She also starred in the American reality television show, Bravo TV’s 'Ladies of London', following the lives of six expat women in London.
She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Middlebury College.