Why did you choose Vatel?
I learned about the Vatel Group through some friends, and right from the very beginning I was interested in their educational methods, where theoretical courses and practical courses follow each other, so students can quickly gain hands-on experience, not just concepts. I like the hospitality and catering industries, and Vatel is one of the best schools there is. I really like human resources and marketing, two subjects I’ve been introduced to, which allow me to understand what goes on behind the scenes in the hospitality industry. When I graduate, I’d like to open a family-owned bar and restaurant.
Can you tell us more about your internship at the Hotel des Dromonts (Avoriaz) ?
It really helps when you leave with another classmate: I wasn’t the only new person in the company and the only one experiencing this professional environment for the very first time.
I did my internship at the front desk and in the restaurant. At the front desk, I took reservations for the restaurant and spa, did check-ins and check-outs, linked this with the rooms division, sometimes with other team members, but also sometimes autonomously. In the restaurant services, I started off as a kitchen steward, then I gradually had more and more responsibilities, and even was the captain several times.
What memories do you have of this first experience?
I really liked guest relationships, something I see as being really important.
And they never made me feel that I was just an intern: the young team always treated me like I was one of them and all of them did everything to convey their knowledge and know-how to me.
I went to this internship with no qualms and ready to go the extra mile, and came back pleased and delighted with the trust and liberty that I had here.
So, what’s next?
Wherever I do my next year’s internship, my primary goal is to become fluent in English, something you need when you work in hospitality.
I met a lot of people in Avoriaz: I’ll be keeping their contact details for when I’m looking for a job, after I have more experience and knowledge.
Just 20 years old and Emma has already lived in France, in Germany, in Belgium and in England. She’ll tell us about her international experience with the Marco Polo exchange program from Paris to Brussels.Read more
Emma Lacour, who loves travelling and showing her photos on gastronomy and the French art of hospitality on Instagram, tells us why she decided to study in this field.Read more
Mathilde Corbin, who has taught at Vatel Nimes for the past five years, is an expert in events management and a coach for MBA students in this Specialization.Read more
A green Vatel logo, students waiting on tables, at the cash register and advising clients: it’s evident, we’re at a Vatel Cafe!Read more
To thank them for a year of working together, the Lyon Metropolis in an Awards Ceremony, pays homage to what Vatel Lyon students have accomplished.
Currently, in her 2nd undergraduate year, Océane Pilot has already and repeatedly experienced the power of the alumni network of Vatel Bordeaux. Testimonial.Read more
What do Vatel students do when they are not training or in class? Some, like Maxime Culosse, decide to beef up their resumes.Read more
While the international outreach and mixture of theory and practical application convinced Milo’s parents, it was employability and quick promotions in the hospitality industry that seduced Edouard’s...Read more
Red alert! We found Tokyo, Berlin, Rio, Denver and even "El Professor" in the South of France: they were hidden among the Vatel Nîmes first year students during their orientation weekend in Fréjus! #moneyheistRead more
From Montenegro, Tunisia and India, more than 60 students came to Nimes to do their international internship at the Vatel Hotel.Read more
Food and beverage manager and sommelier at Les Tables Vatel in Bordeaux, Julien Borreil likes to learn and discover.Read more
Accepted at Vatel Nantes, Lou Nguyen ends her admission interview by trying on clothing. By the way though, why wear a uniform and what do students think about this?Read more
Hired even before they received their degrees, the Vatel Lyon class of 2018 has great jobs again this year!Read more
How can students appreciate and retain a theoretical course? With a professor who has worked in this industry and has lots of stories to tell!Read more
You could say that Irene Melero, who speaks Spanish, Italian and French, is an expert in how to learn foreign languages! Let’s have a look at her background and educational philosophy.Read more
Vatel Nimes 4th year students came in second place in the nationwide “Challenges for Youth and Companies” competition. What did they decide to promote? A hotel of course!Read more
Vatel students: your 4th year mission, should you choose to accept it, is the following: drawing up a development strategy to increase Chinese tourism in your city, working closely with the Lyon Metropolis.Read more
A 2010 alumnus, Francois Perraud is now a Financial Controller at the Nantes Radisson Blu. Coming September, he’ll also be a Vatel Nantes faculty member!Read more
Vatel Bordeaux Academic Director Ludovic Glorieux presents his missions and a complete overview of the strengths and challenges for the Vatel Group entity in Gironde.Read more
Who is Isabelle Cassini, a Vatel Nantes professor?Read more
The next Worldwide Hospitality Awards will be held in one month: support the Marco Polo program candidacy by voting here right now!Read more
We wish you all a great academic year and a special welcome to the first class of Vatel Nantes.