In the first year of my studies, getting some experience working in a luxury hotel was essential, so I chose bar work at the Ritz in Paris. To gain more responsibility, I then worked as assistant food service manager at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne during my second-year placement. It’s an absolutely sublime location, serving a demanding and prestigious clientele, and which also organises a number of events. In the third and final year, I wanted to move up a notch to work in a leading international hotel. In the end, it was the Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai hotel that offered me an opportunity as manager of the VIP Lounge. This opened up a whole new world to me and I finally spent an extra few months in the region to open the Graffiti restaurant in the Shanghai French concession.
Bachelor Hospitality Management – 2010 – Lyon Steve Wood - President B&W Group, GREENROCK SAS and founder of 4* Hôtel Maison Nô