The restaurant manager of The Bay Hotel in Newquay, Chris Le Friec, has been celebrating after winning the MARCHE Fine Dining Assistant Award 2009.
Born in Guernsey but raised on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly, Le Friec picked up the accolade following a stint as catering manager at Birmingham’s NEC, where he oversaw event-based VIP dining service for the likes of Alex Ferguson, the England Football Squad, Frank Bruno, Caprice, and Amy Winehouse among others.
The MARCHE awards recognise the best in hospitality and catering in the Midlands area, and Le Friec faced stiff high-profile competition against representatives from establishments including the Hilton and the Raddison Group.
He said: “It was a very nerve-wracking experience, but in this line of work concentration and attention to detail is everything. I live and breathe catering. It’s all I’ve ever known and it’s never really been a job – more of a lifestyle.”
James Nettleton, who owns and manages the Bay Hotel, added: “We’re very proud to have someone as talented as Chris onboard and he is clearly a star of the industry. Fine dining is an art and Chris is definitely a master of it. He is making an impressive name for himself at a young age and I’m sure he has a very bright future ahead of him.”