F&B Managers Association of London

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Rothschild Rising Star 2015

Winner Rothschild Rising Star Award 2015

Lydia Mellor - Ivy Market Grill - Restaurant Manager

After a tough finals day at Waddesdon Manor where Lydia and the other finalists had to present their business case and make a test about Rothschild wines. 

Lydia did the best on both disciplines and was the worthy winner of this years award.

The judges were very impressed by her business case and she scored the highest marks out of all.

This what she said on the experience:

Being in Bordeaux at harvest time is very exciting, everyone is busy In the vineyards and there is a great sense of occasion. We were lucky enough to be apart of an invited group to do the harvest - our first day was learning about mouton cadet and how their wines are produced. We went to a growers chateau to understand how they produce their wine and see first hand how a large establishment like mouton cadet can help small growers. We had a tour of the winery and a tasting so we can see the different styles of what cadet produce. It was announced whilst we were there that Mouton Cadet we're sponsoring the Ryder Cup in the USA and UK, due to this we had a meal at the Golf du Medoc where we indulged on foie gras, oysters and venison and ofcourse some lovely wine! 
Our second day was an early start to the vineyards of Chateau Mouton Rothschild where we were let loose with secateurs and harvested Cabernet Sauvignon. It was hard work even though we only did it for a couple hours, thank fully a glass of wine was not far away. We joined the 'real pickers' in the garage for lunch where wine and baguettes lined the table. We served by the pickers wives and it felt like a family affair. The food was delicious and it was such a great atmosphere. Baron Julienne and Baroness Camille came to greet us and shake hands which made it even more special. We then went for a tour the chateau where we saw the gallery of all the art work that has been on their bottles. In the evening we were treated to dinner at Chateau Mouton Rothschild where we experimented classical French hospitality. The food and the wine was delicious and made it fell very special. 
Overall an unforgettable experience. 

Our 8 Finalists

Liam Burns

Assistant Manager

L'atelier de Joel Robuchon

Chris Graham

Bar Manager

Hilton London Gatwick

William Berkhoff

Bar Supervisor

The Savoy London

Rebecca Dods

Senior Waiter

The Grove Hotel

Irene Guiotto

Bar Supervisor

Hotel Cafe Royal 

Monika Jaremiszyn

F&B Supervisor

The Landmark London

Agnieszka Szopa

Assistent Manager

Dukes Hotel London

Lydia Mellor

Restaurant Manager

The Ivy Market Grill

This year the competition will be very similar to last year with a slight difference in the prize (this year the top 3 will actually take part in the Mouton Rothschild Harvest at the beginning of October which is a once in a life time opportunity.

We will accept entries between the 18th of May and the 15th of June. After all entries have been received the Committee will select 10 finalists to present a business case and attend interview sessions with the judging panel which besides the Committee members will also include John Cousins and other highly rated Hospitality professionals.

The final day will be on the 6th of July at Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschild family in the UK. Same as last years the competition is sponsored by Waddesdon Wine, who are the representatives  of Rothschild wines in the UK and have been a great support to the F&BMA since the start.

How to enter your candidate? There are 3 things we need!

- Letter of Recommendation from F&B Manager/ Director ( YOU)

- CV and Cover letter from candidate

- Max 250 word essay on " What is the future of F&B Management"

These 3 files need to be send to [email protected] before the 15th of June and we will give the 10 finalists notice and details of what their business case should be about on the 18th of June to give them 2 weeks to prepare before sending their case in to us before or on the 2nd of July so it gives us some time to review before the 6th of July final. For the prize please click the Button "prize 2015" below.


Judges for 2015:

Roy Sommer - Chairman of the F&BMA & Hotel manager at Crowne Plaza The City

Desiree Dils - Secretary of the F&BMA & Ass. Director of Business Development at Act Clean

Justin Ellis - Director of F&B at Café Royal

Erick Kervaon - General Manager at The Bingham Richmond

Esher Williams - Hospitality Programme Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

Achille Checuz - General Manager at Joel Robuchon

John Cousins - Director at the Food & Beverage Training Company

Diederik Buyze - F&B Manager Royal Auto mobile Club