Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Gervais

Mathias Gervais

Executive Chef, The Setai, Miami Beach

Mathias Gervais, Executive Chef at The Setai, Miami Beach, is a prodigy in the world of fine cuisine. As one of the youngest chefs to make a splash on Miami’s burgeoning culinary scene, Chef Gervais brings an extensive history of fine dining experience to The Setai. Chef Gervais has an impressive resume that rivals the credentials of the most recognized chefs in the world with international culinary experience at five Michelin star-rated restaurants in France, Italy and Monaco. Holding Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef positions in the world’s top kitchens, Chef Gervais honed his culinary skills working alongside renowned chefs including Annie Féolde at three Michelin star rated L’Enoteca Pincchiorri in Florence, as well as Joël Robuchon, Christophe Cussac and Takeo Yamazaki at the Hôtel Metropole in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in the hotel’s one and two Michelin star rated restaurants. Chef Gervais, who is originally from the south of France, specializes in a mix of French, Italian and Japanese cuisines with a focus on traditional gastronomic Japanese flavors. As Executive Chef of The Setai, Chef Gervais focuses on the hotel’s foundation of Asian simplicity embracing an uncomplicated approach to the dining experience that creatively combines flavors while showcasing the singular quality of ingredients. His fundamental understanding of the hotel’s Far East- and European-inspired offerings sets the stage for the creation of innovative concepts using every tool in his culinary repertoire, including the wok, steamer, tandoor and rotisserie. Chef Gervais travels to Japan frequently to visit family and friends where his interest in Asian-inspired cuisine transformed into a passion evident in his culinary style.

Please visit http://www.thesetaihotel.com for more information.

Mr. Gervais can be contacted at 305-520-6000 or mgervais@thesetaihotel.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.