Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A surprise visit to the Alpine premises!

A surprise visit to our office on 28 May 2013 from Alpine Graduate Mike Mamais! 
We love it when graduates walk in and share their wonderful experiences!! Mike Mamais is on a break from Disney Cruise Lines where he is having a fabulous and very well paid experience. Pictured here with Catherine Papavasiliou Gellis, Career & Placement Manager!

Mike Mamais graduated from Alpine in 2010 with a BA in International Food& Beverage Management. 

He worked in Crete at a 5 star property when Alpine announced the arrival of a guest lecturer, Ramon Amore to deliver a course in cruise ship hotel operations and recruit interested graduates interested in working on Disney Cruise Lines. 

After three mandatory interviews Mike found himself cruising the Caribbean aboard Disney Cruise Lines as Assistant Dinning Room Server. 

In Mikes’ own words, “working in Disney Cruise Lines is an opportunity of a lifetime! The hours are long and at times work is tough, but the experiences and compensation gained are well worth it. I am very impressed by the professionalism of all the employees; we all have one goal which is to give our guests the best possible experience on the cruise. The company gives us incentive and motivates us to give our best because we as employees are very well taken care of also.” 

“Working with Disney for me is also an opportunity to travel to many ports of call, and meeting interesting people from all over the world. I am now in Greece for two months of holiday before I begin the cruise season again - this time in Europe with ports of call Spain, France, Italy and Greece. I am looking forward to also starting my new position as a Dining Room Server in the Gourmet Restaurant; where else can someone work toward a promotion after only five months!" As for remuneration and benefits, Mike could not have wished for more!! Salaries are incomparable with land positions! 

“I am happy to say that Alpine has given me the foundation and the educational tools and skills that are in high demand in today’s workplace. I am comfortable knowing that I have received from Alpine that which is needed in this highly competitive field.”

you may also want to read Testimonial *Hotel Management (Mike Mamais)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Chef behind Culinary Arts at Alpine Center

  • He is Italian.
  • Hotel and Culinary studies in Italy.
  • Awarded in national and international competitions for his recipes.
  • Excellent Italian cooking skills; traditional cuisine - modern and creative cuisine - Mediterranean cuisine - Northern Italian cuisine -Venetian cuisine - light and healthy cuisine - Classic cuisine - Real genuine cuisine - International cuisine.
  • Good Italian pastry skills for restaurants; classic-modern-creative styles.
  • Speaks Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, notions of other languages as well.
  • Worldwide experience with multi-cultural staff.
  • Knowledge of restaurant management.
  • Knowledge of bar business including cocktail, coffee and wine knowledge.
  • Many years of experience in Restaurants, Hotels, Food Factories and Institutes, but also part-time or private collaborations and promotions, in Korea, Russia, French Guyan, Italy, Tunisia, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Spain, China, Mexico and Greece.
  • Course Tutor of the Culinary Arts programme at Alpine Center since October 2011. 

Alpine Center and Chef Stefano Zamboni

Brilliant delicacies prepared by Chef Stefano Zamboni and CAD students for the PParents Evening at Alpine Center.
The Executive Chef, Stefano Zamboni, with second year Chef students.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Easter Wishes from the President

Dear valued Alpiners,

As we all prepare to celebrate the Easter season I’d like to extend my best wishes for a happy and holy Easter to everyone at Alpine Center, their families, and beyond!

The great gift of Easter is  hope - hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake! Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength, hope and happiness.

I am grateful to all our beloved Alpiners for being so special and for supporting the growth of the Department during this period of transition and financial difficulties!

I wish you and your families all the best for Easter and a happy, safe and restful holiday.

With love,

Sybil Hofmann
President, International Programmes

Swiss Alpine Center | The Swiss Business School for International Hotel & Tourism Management Education, Switzerland