The General Manager at Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill, Denva Pierre is originally from Castries, the capital of St. Lucia. He grew up in a family who are all great cooks, and his father was a chef in hotels on the island, and also cooked at weddings and big events. Because of this early exposure to the culinary industry, Denva says that ‘cooking is a part of me’.
He did not have any formal training in the industry, relying on life experience instead, and his first job was actually as an electrician and sound engineer. When he was younger, Denva worked as a musician, touring the Caribbean working on cruise ships and performing on stage.
Denva is passionate about hospitality because he loves it when a service goes well. ‘I enjoy speaking to people, ensuring that they are fully satisfied when they leave. It gives me great pleasure to work alongside chefs who really hone their craft, and fellow managers and staff who show a passion in what they do. I find that no matter what industry you are in, if you love it and show passion it really shines through’.
Outside of work, Denva has always enjoyed travelling and visiting new places, he has ‘ticked off a few places on my list and there are a lot more to go through. I also enjoy a good bike ride and playing my bass guitar in my free time'.