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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS AS PALACE HOTEL APPOINTS NEW COMMIS CHEF

10th September, 2018

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS AS PALACE HOTEL APPOINTS NEW COMMIS CHEF

Recipe for success as Palace Hotel appoints new commis chef


Thomas Bergan has been appointed commis chef at the Palace Hotel, just one year after joining the Sefton Group.
The appointment marks something of a career change for the 28-year-old from Bradford. He has previously worked on a biodiversity project in Peru and also at the Venture Centre in Maughold after coming to live in the island five years ago.


Thomas said: 'Everyone's been so supportive in the Palace Hotel kitchens, especially head chef Chris Swinden who's been a fantastic mentor to me. I thought I might just be peeling vegetables during my first few months but right from the start the work and training have been really interesting. I've always loved cooking; every day I'm learning new skills and I'm enjoying being part of such a great team.'
Head chef Chris Swinden said: 'As soon as Thomas joined us it was clear he had great potential. He showed a natural aptitude and was eager to learn, so in a very short time was working on functions and preparing food for the restaurant.


'Thomas is a real asset to the team. The Sefton Group will therefore be supporting him to study for his industry qualifications at University College Isle of Man, which he'll be attending one day a week starting this September, while my team and I will continue his training in the Palace Hotel's kitchens at all other times. We all have high hopes for Thomas's future.'


Group operations director Adrian Brockhouse, said: 'For the Sefton Group our people are our most important asset. The Sefton Group has always been quick to recognise then nurture talent. We believe in offering our trainees meaningful work that will encourage them to become the best they can and will set them firmly on a path to career progression. Chris and his team clearly have a rising star in their midst. I wish Thomas every success in his studies and career advancement.'

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