The Tassili Restaurant Manager at Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa proved he’s got fine dining restaurant gueridon service down to a fine art, winning bronze at a prestigious international restaurant service competition in France.
Nicolas Marais was third out of 12 finalists, including many from Michelin starred establishments, in La Coupe Georges Baptiste – Professional which took place this year in Limoges, Limousin.
Nicolas was competing against some of the top Maἲtre D’s from restaurants all over the world and was coached through the competition by Antoine Woerlé, one of the most famous sommeliers in France.
He had to demonstrate his fine dining technical skills through a series of tasks including devising recommendations for wine and cheese – dependent on guest tastes; carving and flambéing, recommendation and preparation of cigars, and the preparation of the restaurant prior to service.
Commenting on the award, Nicolas said, “This was a really tough competition, but also a fantastic opportunity for me to work alongside a true expert in the business, Antoine Woerlé and hone my fine dining service skills. I’m thrilled to have placed in the top three!”
Simon Miller, General Manager of Hand Picked Hotels Jersey, added, “This is a fantastic personal achievement for Nicolas. We truly believe we have some of the best professionals in the industry on our team and this showcased Nicolas’ talent on an international stage.”
Nicolas who joined the team at the award-winning restaurant at the AA Five Star St Helier Hotel last November, was presented with his medal at a Gala dinner on Friday night.
Tassili was awarded Four Rosettes by the AA at the end of last year.