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Bastien Peyraud, General Manager, Imperial Hotel

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 10:55am

Name and position: Bastien Peyraud, General Manager, Imperial Hotel

Age: 35

Lives: Cork city centre

Family: None

Pets: My mobile phone…

Favourite thing about Cork: The history, the quality of food and the Corkonians themselves.

Least favourite thing about Cork: The wind.

One thing you’d change about Cork: The lack of accommodation available.

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

I wanted to be a business man in suit who travelled the world and who is also a superhero who can save the world… Kind of like Superman, without the Superman suit though.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I started my career as a kitchen porter at a very young age and worked every weekend and school holiday up until the real start of my career in Paris at the Four Seasons Hotel George V as a Chef de Rang. I have since worked in Geneva and London, within the food & beverage and sales & marketing departments before being promoted to executive level in 2014. I recently moved from my previous role at the Brown’s Hotel in London.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

The best part of my job is to look after people. I love this more than anything else, and I try every day to do this with our guests and our team.

What motivates you?

I enjoy taking a personal interest in every stage of the guest experience, from marketing the hotel, through reservations, to arrival, their stay and of course seeing them off, hopefully to return another time soon. I also enjoy working with a fun and passionate team.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Trust and love people first, it will always make you happier. And stop eating all this cheese!!

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

Superhero?! Or a journalist.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

When I did the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Not so much for the distance, but much more for the fact that we did this as a team… a team which I created and who decided to work together to make our hotel ‘greener’, and who brought the moral of the hotel up and made our time spent at work fun! We achieved so much, and the end result of the hotel culture was of course a better guest experience. Nothing for me works better than a passionate, happy team having fun doing their job.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My grandmother. She raised me as her son. She is someone I respect immensely, and taught me to respect people as well, as life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

What is the life dream now?

To keep exploring the world, learning about new cultures and growing as a human being.

How do you switch off?

I read a lot and also enjoy time outdoors for a run or a walk.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

The history of the city explained during a walking tour on a Sunday, when we had four seasons in one day! Quintessentially Irish!

What is your favourite place in Cork?

The English Market.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

‘Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.’

When are you at your happiest?

When I am surrounded by the people I love.

Any regrets?

Many… But it is ok, I have a plan!

What is your hidden talent?

Ballroom dancing!

What might we be surprised to know about you?

Hopefully nothing! I always to be as honest and transparent as possible.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I can only share my happiness…

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