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Interview with Alain Schenkel: Head of Food & Beverage and teacher at Vatel Switzerland. - Vatel

Interview with Alain Schenkel: Head of Food & Beverage and teacher at Vatel Switzerland.

Starting in the hospitality industry and transitioning into teaching, Mr. Alain Schenkel, an exemplary figure of the school since 2013, shares his story.


Originally from Belgium, Mr. Alain Schenkel began his career in the hotel industry. From his family’s establishment to integrating a hotel school, he always believed in the hospitality sector.


“My father and sister ran a bar and from the age of 12 I regularly went to help out on weekends. I loved being in this warm atmosphere, surrounded by people having a good time together. I then followed my brother’s footsteps by enrolling into a hotel school.”


After various hospitality experiences in Belgium, the United Kingdom and France, he turned to the world of training, always in relation to hotel management. In 2013, he set down his suitcases in Switzerland and more specifically at Vatel Switzerland.  He is now the Head of Food & Beverage and, is responsible for the practical application and teaching of the French and International sections.


“Training has always interested me, I graduated in England and taught English to non-English speakers and it immediately clicked for me. Training is a sharing of knowledge, experience, and passion. And this sharing is above all an exchange between the trainer and students, it’s enriching for everyone, it is a win-win. My role as Practical Manager at Vatel is to transmit to our students the values that are essential to our profession as a hotelier: interpersonal skills, know-how, and knowing how to think. I also teach theoretical courses on wines, spirits, beers and hot drinks.”


A word to the students:


“The profession they chose is the best profession in the world! That all experiences, even the less good, are enriching experiences, keep only the positive and remember the negative in order to not repeat them. Finally, don’t think individualistically, understanding and respecting the importance of each person’s work, enhances the overall goal: the pleasure of making people happy!” 

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