A local restaurant manager has beaten off competition from some of the world's top Maἲtre D’s, showing off his fine-dining 'gueridon service' skills to scoop a top three spot at an international competition.
Nicolas Marais from the Grand Hotel's Tassili was awarded bronze out of 12 finalists, including many from Michelin-starred establishments, in La Coupe Georges Baptiste in Limoges (Limousin, France).
He was competing against some of the top Maἲtre D’s from restaurants all over the world and was coached through the competition by Antoine Woerlé, one of the most famous sommeliers in France.
Pictured: Nicolas Marais had to devise recommendations for wine and cheese as part of the competition.
Mr Marais, who joined Tassili in November, had to demonstrate his fine-dining technical skills through a series of tasks including devising recommendations for wine and cheese – dependent on guest tastes; carving and flambéing, recommendation and preparation of cigars, as well as the preparation of the restaurant prior to service.
Commenting on the award, Mr Marais said: “This was a really tough competition, but also a fantastic opportunity for me to work alongside a true expert in the business, Antoine Woerlé and hone my fine dining service skills. I’m thrilled to have placed in the top three!”
Simon Miller, General Manager of Hand Picked Hotels Jersey, commented: “This is a fantastic personal achievement for Nicolas. We truly believe we have some of the best professionals in the industry on our team and this showcased Nicolas’ talent on an international stage.”
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