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Alberto was destined to have a career in the hospitality industry, as all of his family also work in the industry. He is passionate about food and describes himself as ‘a very foodie person’ making it impossible to pick one favourite dish out of many – however, picking a favourite drink is easier – Japanese Whiskey!
Alberto’s been in the industry for around eight years, and says that his favourite thing about it is leading a team of chefs to achieve (and excel above) their targets, and make every guest’s experience unique and memorable. His dedication and passion are evident in his hard work – making it from Kitchen Porter to Head Chef in about four years in his previous employment. His promotion from Senior Sous Chef to Head Chef was his proudest moment so far in his career.
When Alberto isn’t in the kitchen, he likes to go out to other restaurants to try new and exciting types of food. He also loves keeping active by playing football, as well as going fishing.
The Assistant General Manager at maze Grill Mayfair, 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’.