VOLKAN Acil has travelled half way round the world – through 22 different countries – to take up his new position as restaurant manager at Hoole Hall Country Club Hotel in Chester.
Born in Turkey, Volkan, 30, has managed to collect an impressive list of qualifications and accolades as his career journey took him through Europe and over to the USA.
Now he holds the prestigious position at Chester’s newest five-star standard hotel which has recently undergone a £21m facelift.
The redevelopment has included the opening of The Orchid Room, offering fine dining and an extensive hand picked wine list.
Volkan studied food and beverage management at Anadolu University and went on to specialise in tourism and hotel management. His first job was as a waiter at Ankara’s Hilton Hotel.
He then went to work with Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines in Miami and moved on to a number of four and five-star hotels where he worked in the restaurants, eventually becoming restaurant manager at The Bentley Kempinkskey Hotel in London.
Before joining the team at Hoole Hall, Volkan was restaurant manager at The Abode Hotel in Canterbury.
His experience of working in so many different countries inspired him to write his autobiography which was published in Turkish in 2005, detailing his adventures with so many different cultures.
Volkan said: “The main difference between the hospitality industry in Turkey and the UK is that the Turkish have a much more relaxed and laid back approach to food and dining. I hope to bring some of that attitude to Hoole Hall where guests can really enjoy top quality food and wines in the stunning surroundings of The Orchid Room.”