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Restaurant Industry News spoke with the new Director of Restaurants at The Savoy Anne Lomas

Be authentic; know yourself, understand your strengths and weaknesses – and use them, don’t hold them as baggage otherwise they with impede your ability to lead.   Tell us about the moment you decided you wanted to pursue a career within the hospitality industry I ran out of money in New Zealand and so took a job at a wine bar. The manager there had won Sommelier of the Year two years running, and his passion was infectious. I studied under his guidance and fell in love with the industry. I loved everything about it – service to people whether they be guest or colleague, offering the highest standards, tailoring ourselves to others and ensuring that we are always available for all of those around us- whoever they may be. Have you always aspired to become a Manager? It was never really something I thought of and if I am very honest I am not a fan of the word ‘manager’; it’s like the word ‘boss’, it makes it seem like you do something to people. I always wanted to serve people, to offer them the tools to enhance their experience whether it be through wine service, coaching or allowing [...]

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