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Michel Piton | Elance
Last Sign-in: Sep 30, 2015

Michel Piton

trends in the hospitality industry
  |   Nadi, Prachin Buri
  |  7:50 pm Local Time

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I consider myself as an operator first and a consultant second, with relevant experience on :
- site assessment, financial projections and feasibility studies ;
- menu concept creation, enhancement and development ;
- bar and wine cellar management (including oenology teaching) ;
- kitchen concept, work flow and production cycles ;
- branding, merchandising and artistic context in hospitality ;
- destination marketing, promotions and events management ;
- human resources guidelines, staff training and management coaching ;
- pre-opening...

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Skills (10)

Event Planning
Business Planning
Financial Forecasting
Human Resource Management
Business Writing
Translation English French
Translation French English

Service Description

First of all, I have to confess that I love this business!
My first job was at age 15, peeling potatoes and washing dishes in a family run brasserie, Belgian Ardennes.
Despite this ominous introduction to the industry, I caught the "restaurant bug" and went on to get my culinary arts diploma, from Tournai Hotel School, Belgium.
I have been in and around the business for almost as long as I can remember, running members clubs, resorts, institutional operations and major unique events.
At one time or another, I have made a living doing every job in a restaurant.
I have also been providing ideas and advice on trends to food and beverage operations, all around Australasia, for the past 20 years.
I have learned a lot in my career -some by doing things right, some by doing things wrong and some by watching and working "shoulder-to-shoulder" with the more innovative and influential operators in the industry.
It seems that the more I learn, the more I realize I don't know...
Still, I have managed to gain a fair understanding of what makes restaurants work and gained an ability to pass that understanding along to others.

Now I hardly consider myself an "expert" in the industry. When I was in my mid-twenties, freshly graduated from Lausanne Hotel School, I thought so ; but now I cringe when people use that title. I am, however, an incurable student of the business as well as an insatiable guest.

Because I have a creative orientation, I seem to be able to come up with new...

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ITMA (Tournai Hotel School)
Culinary Arts and Restaurant Operations
Universite du Vin, Suze-la-Rousse, France
Oenology: Sensory Analyze and Wine Tasting
Harvard EF Campus, Cambridge, USA
English for business (summer program)
Christie's Wine Academy, London, UK
History of Wine
Solvay Business School
Business Administration, Brussels, Belgium
Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland
Hotel Financial + Food & Beverage Administration
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restaurant creative marketing
service excellence coaching
trends in the hospitality industry
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