Our Staff

Jari Vesivalo

Jari Vesivalo

Restaurateur & Creative leader

"”I worked so hard for Olo’s first Michelin star that I could run off from my grandma’s dinner table if I got a call from work. Nowadays I have the courage to think that our clients are the stars that matter, not the Michelins."
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Katja Henttunen

Katja Henttunen

Restaurateur

"The first time I worked for our co-owner Pekka Terävä was at Restaurant Palacen Ranta. During the work interview he talked for 45 minutes and I was wondering whether I should interrupt him or not."
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Pekka Terävä

Pekka Terävä

Restaurateur

"The restaurant business has undergone huge changes within a few decades. Finns have learned to enjoy themselves in a restaurant and to value the leisure time, as they should."
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Heikki Liekola

Heikki Liekola

Executive Chef

"I came to Olo after the owner Pekka Terävä asked me for coffee and I didn’t dare to say no. Well, actually I was interested to see the beautiful new premises and work with the best executive chef in Finland, Jari Vesivalo."
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Anssi Riihimäki

Anssi Riihimäki

Head Chef

"Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking as a teenager, choosing this industry. I probably had a natural inclination for working with my hands and have creative freedom. Right now I feel like I’m in my dream job. Olo enables professional development."
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Katja Heiskanen

Katja Heiskanen

Head Waitress

"I worked for ten years in Lapland as a wilderness guide. The transition from the outdoors to Olo wasn’t a huge change for me. The same attitude and smile is required. Lucky enough, at Olo people share my great passion for Scandinavian ingredients, flora and fauna. "
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Jussi Lehtonen

Jussi Lehtonen

Restaurant Manager

"I’m originally from the Rauma region in Western Finland, so sometimes I might accidentially speak to you in a dialect but I promise to translate! I’m proud of working in Olo. "
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Netta Nylund

Netta Nylund

Sales Office

"When working in a restaurant’s sales office, it is good to know the industry inside and out. It’s also necessary to like the people you’re working with and get inspired by all kinds of encounters in life. That’s what makes this work so great."
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Elina Jokinen

Elina Jokinen

Sales Office

"Before my child-care leave I was a head waiter and waiter at Olo. Now in my new position as sales & head waiter I will serve our customers in sales as well as in the restaurant as a waiter in the evenings."
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Timea Slavic

Timea Slavic

Marketing

"“I was born in to a family that loves good food and wine. In my grandparents’ yard in Romania they grow grapes, which are made into white wine."
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Elina Rosengren

Elina Rosengren

Sales Office

"Working with sales in Olo is great. It is important for me that mine and my employer’s views are the same what comes to gastronomie. I can always be proud of what I’m doing. We work with local producers and fresh, clean ingredients, follow the seasons and make minimal food waste."
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Petri Lukkarinen

Petri Lukkarinen

Restaurateur

"I’ve been in the restaurant industry since 1987. Very early on I noticed that Finnish service culture is very passive. The field was seriously lacking a new kind of entrepreneurship and I was ready to accept the challenge!"
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