December 11, 2017

AccorHotels Awards - Australia

AccorHotels annually recognises it's top performing hotels, outstanding achievements by teams and accomplishments of individuals. 

We were thrilled when the annoucement was made that our Executive Chef, Simon Harrison would be receiving the Talent Development Award for 2017. 

Simon's experience learning his trade from the real basics, understanding fresh food prepared from scratch, patience and presence, it is clear walking into the kitchen that is in charge but there is no ego and always a sense of calm. Most importantly Simon has a passion to teach, mentor and grow the team around him passing on his wealth of knowledge to future Executive Chefs.

Simon genuinely cares about the future in kitchens. He takes young chefs under his wing and is happy to invest time teaching them, he actively works with William Blue College to advise on the curriculum ensuring what is being taught is relevant to today’s kitchen operations. Over the last 12 months we have seen 4 chefs promoted internally to the next rank in the kitchen. 

In addition he looks to the future for our kitchen and has addressed the skill shortage by utilising his relationships with Orange TAFE as an Alumni to create an opportunity for their top graduates to be placed here for experience, exposure and hopefully an ongoing career in Accor Hotels. Simon has a longer term plan to use organisations such as Orange TAFE as a feeder for entry level roles in the kitchen for Accor Hotels.

A direct reflection of the learning culture and investment Simon has put into all his staff can be summed up by Gabriella Hubertus who answered the following in an online survey about her workplace; she said: “I was given proper training from senior chefs who patiently taught me so much. I was even given opportunity to create my own recipes through specials of the day.” Gabriella Hubertus amongst others started with Mercure Sydney after graduating with little practical experience and now after two years of Simon’s guidance a competent and creative Demi chef.

We would like to congratulate Chef Simon on this amazing acheivement and not to mention all the other winners!

WINNERS OF THE 2017 ACCORHOTELS AUSTRALIAN HOTEL AWARDS

Chris Frost Award for Assistant Managers: Adriano Miyado, Front Office Manager, ibis Styles Karratha

Most Outstanding Food & Beverage Team Member: Nick Copping, F&B Team Leader, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney

Best Loyalty Hotel Performance: The Sebel Mandurah

Most Improved Loyalty Hotel Performance: Novotel Sydney Central

The Kim Mooney Excellence Award: Linda Mason, Director of F&B, Qantas Lounges

The Outstanding Guest Service Award: Sarah Deane, Assistant Manger F&B, Novotel Perth Langley

The Talent Development Award: Simon Harrison, Executive Chef, Mercure Sydney

The AccorHotels Rising Star Award: Annabelle Gibney, F&B Manager, ibis Styles Hobart

The Outstanding Performance in Food & Beverage: 16 Antlers, Pullman and ibis King George Square Brisbane

Best Improved Heart of House Facilities Award: Novotel Sydney Central

The Outstanding Hotels Support Award: Sam Angelico, National Category Manager, Food and Beverage, Corporate Office

The Team Service Award: Franchise Team

A direct reflection of the learning culture and investment Simon has put into all his staff can be summed up by Gabriella Hubertus who answered the following in an online survey about her workplace; she said: “I was given proper training from senior chefs who patiently taught me so much. I was even given opportunity to create my own recipes through specials of the day.” Gabriella Hubertus amongst others started with Mercure Sydney after graduating with little practical experience and now after two years of Simon’s guidance a competent and creative Demi chef.