Surrey's most influential hospitality people: Movers and Shakers 2013
PUBLISHED: 15:47 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:47 02 July 2013
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In recent months, team Surrey Life has been busy speaking to our contributors and industry experts from around the county to get a feel for just who makes Surrey tick
Principal of the internationally acclaimed Tante Marie Culinary Academy in Woking, Andrew Maxwell’s career began as a trainee chef in Ireland over 15 years ago. In the years that followed, he honed his skills in some of the world’s greatest kitchens across Europe and Australia. In 2008, Andrew took over Tante Marie and now shares his wealth of knowledge with the next generation of industry professionals. With Andrew at the helm, Tante Marie continues to instil the highest levels of skill, knowledge and discipline into its diploma course graduates as they begin their new careers in food.
Having started as an office junior at British Airways, while also moonlighting as a hotel waiter, Wentworth-based Surinder Arora now runs Arora Hotels, one of the fastest-growing, privately-owned hotel chains in the country. The Arora International portfolio comprises seven hotels with more than 2,500 bedrooms – three each at Heathrow and Gatwick and one in Manchester. Surinder is a patron of Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs, a student society within the Royal Holloway University of London.
Managing director of Exclusive Hotels, a family-owned collection of four country house hotels, an award-winning spa and two first-rate golf clubs founded in 1981 by his father, ex-Forte executive Giuseppe Pecorelli, Danny Pecorelli is also active in developing talent for the hospitality industry. The Surrey-based company has Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, where the England rugby team train, as the jewel in its crown. As well as achieving four Michelin stars and 19 AA Rosettes across the collection, he has helped to raise over £112,000 towards Macmillan Cancer Support and hospitality charity Springboard through a group-wide campaign.
Keep on moving
Of course, any such list is subjective and many more could have featured within these pages. Get in touch with your Movers & Shakers, the people who influence how we all live in Surrey, on facebook.com/SurreyLife and twitter.com/SurreyLife and maybe you’ll see them included next time round!