Welcome to our latest edition of Profile Leader where once more we gather key voices from around the world with stories about shifting trends and the courage to be different. As always, we try to do our best to be a real showcase for what our industry has to offer in a world which is constantly changing, but in which our industry remains as robust as ever - as one of the real driving forces in global growth of rewarding employment opportunities.
Originality is what Yoo Hotels is about, built on the unconventional marriage of design and business innovation that makes its hotels and residences stand out from the crowd, from Istanbul to Hong Kong, Boracay to Pune. Profile Leader meets the incredible Marco Nijhof, a one-off CEO.
Across the world, his company is helping to make hoteliers’ spa dreams come true. Jeff Matthews, Co-President of Steiner Spa Consulting, takes time to unwind with Profile Leader’s Gina McAdam.
An exceptional hospitality career has given Michael Hirst the freedom and gravitas to espouse the causes dearest to him, perhaps none more so than UK tourism. He spoke to Profile Leader.
Sally Beck’s career has reached its highest note yet. Named General Manager of the £32 million Lancaster London on New Year’s Day, the job comes just as the deluxe hotel begins to ‘create its future with the treasures of its past’. Her stature in a top global industry is assured. She tells Gina McAdam how she did it while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Stephane Bellon, Vice-President of Corporate F&B for Kempinski Hotels, columnist and author, tells Profile Leader why he decided to tell all...but not in the way many people would expect. Could this explain why his bestselling Gastronomie et Hotellerie: Secrets de Cuisine is a must-read for every serious hotelier or restaurateur? And let’s not forget the day job...
Maestro in the kitchen and tireless campaigner for culinary education and environment, Bombay-born Cyrus Todiwala OBE is also a busy, buzzing restaurateur.
Flagship Café Spice Namaste in London is about to complete its second decade. Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen is pulling in foodies at the Hilton London Heathrow T5. So even while his sons have taken over the running of The Park Café in one of London’s famous parks, with a new restaurant called Assado, this is one chef with a lot on his plate. Not that it’s ever too much…
The Dorchester Collection has two female head sommeliers – Vanessa Cinti at 45 Park Lane and Alessandra Veronesi at Principe di Savoia. Each has the freedom to create her own wine list, expressing her unique style. Gina McAdam asks if wine has gone to their heads.
What does it take to succeed? For the Managing Director of The Setai, Miami Beach, it meant literally escaping his past. Guenter Richter spoke to Profile Leader’s Gina McAdam in London.
Founded over a century ago, the AA’s influence endures. Be it a star rating or rosette, a nod from the AA provides travellers and foodies in the UK with a valuable heads up before they hit the road. Profile Leader applauds the establishments – and the leaders -- singled out by the AA for excellence in their field.