MICHELIN STAR – CHEF FRANCO BOWANEE 0 651

CLAIM TO FAME   

Executive Chef, Franco Bowanee strikes gold : Honoured with his first Michelin star on 21st January 2019 in Paris the chef, still revelling in his thumbing victory, shared his success story with us : “   To reach such an epitome of excellence his mantra has throughout his journey been an inspiration, dedication, discipline and creativity. Winning the Michelin star was a very moving and proud moment: A lifetime of devotion to his art being given such an unparalleled recognition”.  

Heading the team at Chateau Vault-de-Lugny as Executive Chef for the past 12 years has been an insightful experience to elevate his culinary finesse’’  

Welcome to  Chef Franco Bowanee’s world of perfection  

THE ROAD TO MICHELIN 

After the completion of his diploma at the Ecole Hoteliere’ of Mauritius, he entered the realms of the culinary world at Le Labourdonnais Hotel. Six years later he undertook a  two– year diploma course at the Ashworth University USA to broaden his knowledge. Further to which he worked for a short lapse of time alongside Chef Nizam Peeroo. Ready to meet new challenges, he embraced a career in France where he encountered and collaborated with Chef Gérard Besson and Christophe Muller, Executive Chef at Paul Bocuse restaurant in Collonges. His culinary creations and his ability to visualize unique combinations of flavours, herbs and spices fascinated Chef Muller and won him a  sponsorship for the France Culinary College from which he qualified with distinction. 

The true spirit of a chef is his ability to share his knowledge and creativity open heartedly. 

Each element of a meal tells a story that triggers inspiration, tunes our intelligence, and seizes the imagination. Through TV shows hosted locally and internationally, Executive Chef Bowanee initiated his audience to the wonders of his art.Dans la peau d’un Chef “ ( broadcasted on France 2 ) along Michelin star pastry Chef Christophe Michalak was an enriching platform to showcase his talent. Featuring inJ’ai faim et Saveurs culturelles , a local TV show allowed him to acquaint the Mauritian palate to the burst of flavours inherent to his dishes. He participated in ‘The Wine Burgundy’ tour in Taipei & Hong Kong as part of his quest for lifelong learning.   

Be a flavor bible; picking the right ingredients is what elevates a dish  

Creativity is certainly a gift but no one is born with any mastery of skills. Discipline is the thriving force which can groom abilities to excellence. The tricky part in conceptualizing dishes is to hit the right notes with the audience. Gourmet and fine cuisine are inherently dynamic and entail an interaction between the Chef and the diner. The degree of receptiveness from the audience defines the success of a dish. To ensure that the end customer is highly appreciative of his culinary art, Executive Chef Franco Bowanee undertook the set-up of an organic vegetable garden at the Château de Vault-de-Lugny to secure a permanent supply of fresh vegetables and herbs. His objective is to not only serve  artistically alluring dishes but to ensure they are exquisitely luscious and appetizing; packed with freshness, wellness and aroma. His genius lies in creating new dishes as well as bringing forth variations to classics to challenge and delight the diner.  

The Château de Vault-de-Lugny , his artistic gallery  

The Château de Vault-de-Lugny (5-star Hotel, 89200 Vault-de-Lugny), is the playground where he has put his mastery at work. The hotel boasts of a high-end foreign clientele in need of an optimal service. Dividing up and watering down the pool of talent is a demanding task when you are required to provide top-notch service round the clock. The ten people team led by the Chef caters for breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas, High teas, dinners and room service on a 24/7 basis. The cutthroat competition entails from his strong leadership skills:  

  • to foster discipline and maintain consistency in daily operations  
  • to pledge that each and every dish is properly cooked, seasoned and plated 
  • to  initiate the development of  younger chefs 
  • to nurture loyalty in the staff  
  • to maintain a positive attitude in the team 

The service industry being hard and taxing, there is no room for mistakes but rather an impetus for continuous improvement 

Creativity delights in dedication and refinement 

Passion without creativity tastes like food without salt. Fine cuisine is an art with no boundaries in that it is a constant learning process of new innovative techniques to revamp ideas and cement inspiration. To him, success is a catalyst propelling him to higher grounds to refine his art further. Staying focussed on both short term and long term objectives have a numbing effect :  

Glorifying achievements does not endorse growth ; seeking constant improvement breeds enhanced creativity ‘. 

Harnessed in such wisdom and armed with a vigorous thirst for refinement, Chef Franco Bowanee, sets out to conquer new horizons in culinary art and fine cuisine. 

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HOW SMART INTERIOR DESIGN WILL IMPROVE YOUR HOTEL OPERATIONS 0 254

It is no secret that interior design is amidst the most central aspects of a hotel’s appeal. However, many hotel developers do not look enough beyond the aesthetic aspect of interior design, missing another facet that is just as important: functionality.

Smart, innovative interior design not only pleases the eye and makes for a great guest experience, it also improves your hotel operations efficiency, driving up the profitability in your bottom line.

In exemplary hotels, plenty of innovative design solutions can be found not only in the front of house but also in the back of house. You will encounter smart design in physical spaces and objects such as furniture, but also in staff’s equipment and in intangibles such as light fixtures. Hotel owners, developers and managers have the “power” to influence an infinite amount of details to improve hotel operations and, as a result, augment profitability. In the following lines, I will share with you three ways to embrace that power.

#1. Consider operational efficiency early on in your design process

Design functionality can be improved in many areas of a running operation. However, some crucial aspects of functional design must be considered early on during the planning phase.

Take the case of housekeeping: the less time a housekeeper requires to get a guest room spotless clean, the more efficient the whole department is going to be. Take a large hotel and the effect of scale multiplies. Thus, smart interior design should consider the ease of cleaning. Yet, especially in bathrooms, we still find wall finishes such as narrow stone slabs, that make it extremely hard and time consuming for housekeepers to clean. Also, hard water drying in the shower leaves a trace of white chalk on surfaces. The more porous the surface, the harder it is to clean. Smoother and rounder the surfaces would have made it easier for housekeeping to clean efficiently.

Another example with direct impact on the bottom line is textiles. Many hotels feature curtains, bed throws and cushions made of delicate fabrics that require dry cleaning and create soaring costs of washing. If you chose elegant yet washable fabrics, you can have them washed in house or externally at a fraction of the cost.

Once the room is built and furnished, there is little an efficient housekeeper can improve to save time. Once all the textiles are bought, it will be costly to have them all replaced. During the design and procurement phase however, developers have the opportunity to optimize everything from the choice of materials to the shape of built in and loose furnishings. Don’t miss that opportunity.

#2. Make staff satisfaction a primary goal in your design and procurement strategy

We all know: Happy employees will make your clients happy too. We also know: Working conditions in hospitality operations are strenuous by nature. That’s why it is important to invest into equipment that that makes your staff’s life easier. Even small design considerations can have a great impact and will show them that you care.

Take waiters for example: They walk miles every day, carrying a lot of weight throughout their shifts. By reducing the net weight of services trays, you immediately improve their working conditions significantly. Switch from a traditional silver tray to a slick carbon tray and literally take several kilos off their shoulders.

Another example: If you have a large outdoor space in a continental climate, make sure to plan in advance for storage space to store all the terrace cushions during the wet seasons. A terrace for 80 persons will easily require 10m3 of storage. If not planned for, the cushions will end up cramping already scarce back of the house areas.

A smart design of a restaurant and all of its equipment should first be designed for employees, and not only for guests. Naturally, this brings challenges with which most hotel developers are not familiar: How many service stations do you need vs. how many guest tables? Where do you position them to not be in the way but still be within efficient reach? How much cutlery should be stored?  Where do the dinner candles go during lunch time? Many design questions require the insight of an operational expert before operations are even running. Thus, hire an external expert to get important inputs already during your planning phase – or even to have your running operations analyzed.

#3. Improve your guests experience with design that goes beyond aesthetics

Undoubtedly, aesthetic interior design is imperative, but it is by no means everything that makes a great guest experience. There are many factors, that go beyond the eye. Take seating comfort for example: Not all beautiful chairs are equally comfortable. Before ordering a full set of chairs for your restaurant, test-sit the chair in combination with the table to ensure the right distance between the table top and the seating height. Also, choose a table top that is not only beautiful but also long lasting, ergonomic and with a good grip for the client.

Another example: Have you ever been in a restaurant and thought that something didn’t feel right but you couldn’t put a finger on it? Let me tell you: it’s the lighting. Good lighting is a science. Make sure to have a professional lighting designer, who works his magic – for both day and night scenes, if you have a restaurant that operates at lunch and at dinner time.

In summary:

Consider functionality from the beginning of your design process, think of your dear staff and try to provide a guest experience beyond aesthetics. The examples I shared with you are only a few and if you keep putting yourself into other stakeholders’ shoes, the amount of innovative solutions you can come up with are infinite. And if you don’t find the right product on the market, have it made. There are always people that are passionate about developing solutions for you – or finding them with you.

About the author

Claudia Greset-Reich is a hotel procurement expert and Managing Partner at Greset Reich Hospitality Consulting. Together with her husband and partner Yann Greset, they specialize in design and procurement solutions for hotels. Prior to founding Greset Reich Hospitality Consulting, Claudia and Yann have opened and worked on various projects of the Bürgenstock selection.

This article was first published in Hospitality Insights by EHL.

CATERING.MU BY CHEF FABIO 0 343

In our last edition, we had the pleasure to feature and interview Chef Fabio from La Table Du Chateaux. We were invited to taste his delicious menu such as the 7 Hours Lamb Roast and his exquisite outside kitchen which is cooked on the traditional “Feu De Bois”. Another of his latest achievements Catering.mu was launched earlier this year, he now offers to the general public his outside catering services and you can have them be the “Co-Creators of your Special Event”.  Specialising in Weddings, Corporate Functions, cocktail receptions, seated dinners and many menu options to fit your needs and budget, using only quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients. Catering.mu provides the very best in food services. Their staff, working with us for more than 8 years at La Table du Château, is skilled in development and presentation of food and can cater for all different tastes and special diets. We create menus that add ease and elegance to your day. Catering.mu is ready to make your day memorable with our dedicated Event & Banqueting Manager Doushina, who will look after all your event needs. To treat your guests to five-star impeccable service and top notch food during your next event.  Ask for your quotation visit Catering.mu.