Kick starting this semester is the international themed cuisine at UWI, Center for Hotel and Tourism Management (CHTM). This is a four month long dining experience where different exotic cuisines are offered. This production is put together by the students pursuing their Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management. As part of their practical sessions, they host dinners or lunches every Friday starting in February. Leading the season of international cuisine is Belgium.
On Friday, February 9, 2017 at 7 pm sharp, the Belgium themed restaurant was on full display. Upon entering the dining room, you could smell the sweet aroma emanating from the kitchen.
The senior managers of the restaurant were Adriana Jarrett and Natoya Thomas, who were accompanied by junior managers Shaquille Pile and Shawnia Scantle-bury Francis.
In attendance were students, faculty members and repeated guests, who enjoyed the splendid food and services from the UWI house restaurant. New guests expressed how satisfied they were with the well-seasoned pan-seared salmon infused with herbs served with a creamy lemon butter sauce with a choice of white rice or potato gratin with vegetables. The dish was indeed satisfying and I was well pleased with the service.
The managers provided great insight on their experiences and offered advice to future managers after the curtains came down.
Adriana’s experience and advice for future managers:
“Being a restaurant manager is quite a humbling experience; it covers all the areas that one will undertake in the field of work. I planned every detail and therefore was able to avoid stress and frustration. My advice to future managers is to simply do a detailed plan and be organized as much as possible.”
Natoya’s experience and advice for future managers:
“As long as you have a staff that is willing to work, everything will be great. Future managers, remember it is all about teamwork and it is not a ‘one-man’s show.’ Synergy with one another is important.”
Photos by Shantar Bruce and Adriana Jarrett
Written by Shantar Bruce, BSc Tourism Management, 2018