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Interview with Zoltán Tóth, Banquet Chef
Which area do you work in?
I have worked with the kitchen staff since 2006, first as Banquet Sous Chef and then from 2010 as Senior Banquet Chef.
What are your duties?
My duties include the preparation and cooking of meals for groups and events of more than 25 people, to the high standards expected of a 5-star hotel. I have to watch everything from the ordering of ingredients right through to the point where the meal is served to the guest, whether this is buffet style or plated. In the course of my work I have to satisfy very many different types of guest, from ministers and top international singers to a guest here in the hotel wishing to relax in pleasant surroundings.
What was your happiest experience in relation to the hotel?
About 3 years ago we did an event at Hungaroring, where we promoted our wonderful Royal Spa among Hungarian owners of Ferraris. Now, that really was something; wherever I looked there were Ferraris, and their glorious sound really got my heart beating! To my great luck I was taken around the track in the car of my dreams, a real Ferrari Enzo.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have recently discovered a new hobby, photography, and I practice and study this when I have time. Besides this I really enjoy watching good films. Mainly when I fall asleep after the first 10 minutes!
This long-established custom at Corinthia Hotel Budapest is one that everyone involved in the hotel – staff as well as guests – truly looks forward to. The whole ambience of the house is one of good cheer and expectation in the run-up to Christmas. We have a special menu this Sunday: honey baked ham, pumpkin cream soup, BBQ and mussel selection on an iceberg, plus quality house wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Live Gypsy music is provided by the Csicsó band and there is a children’s choir singing familiar tunes.
Location: Brasserie & Atrium Restaurant
Date: 30 November 2014. 12:00-16:00
Price: 8,900 HUF per adult, 50% discount for children between 6 and 14 years old
and complimentary for children under 6.
For further information and bookings, please contact us on:
+36 1 479 4850 | CUISINE.BUDAPEST@CORINTHIA.COM
CORINTHIA HOTEL BUDAPEST, ERZSÉBET KÖRÚT 43-49. 1073 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Interview with Mónika Tumbász Assistant Executive Housekeeper
2. Which areas have you worked in, and where are you now?
Right from the very first day I have worked in Housekeeping as deputy to Lívia.
Although I had some experience in this area since I was Housekeeping manager in several hotels, here I come across completely different challenges virtually every single day.
3. What are your duties?
Housekeeping management in a place this size is a very complex task.
The basic job of the section is to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of the whole hotel. My job is to make sure that everyone understands the standards, what level of service we must give, and we provide every assistance to guarantee this.
I make sure that every day there are sufficient numbers of staff members on duty so that everything goes smoothly. If necessary, I hold courses, I organize the ‘spring cleanings’, and I also coordinate expiry dates for minibar products. So in a word, my job is the operation.
4. What was your happiest experience in relation to the hotel?
My favourite time of year is the Christmas period. I love the run-up to Christmas. Even in my previous workplaces I had the good luck to take part in the decoration of the hotel and the Christmas tree, as I do here.
Even so, this experience was different and even more special than earlier, mainly because we had to decorate in all its seasonal glory a tree measuring over 6 metres. It was impossible to dress the tree – positioned on the ballroom stairway – from a ladder. Without scaffolding we would not have had a chance. True, the work that took all night left us feeling quite jaded. Sometimes it even appeared as though we would never get the job finished and looking just right for the hotel. Our work was made all the more difficult because the stairway meant we simply could not get to the back of the tree. But I have to say that human ingenuity is boundless. We began from the balustrade in front of the ballroom, literally throwing the decorations on the tree. We came across many challenges, but finally finished, and in the meantime the sun had come up and it was breakfast time. The first guests, on seeing the huge tree, couldn’t believe their eyes and just stared…
5. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I rarely have much leisure time after this job and being with my family.
My son, Dávid, plays basketball, so there are one or two matches virtually every weekend. So just like all other enthusiastic parents, we, too, take our place by the court and cheer the team on. I was never a great sports fan but I really enjoy and look forward to this programme.
Besides this, what relaxes me and I really like is gardening. I love planting bulbs in spring and pottering around the garden. I enjoy travelling, visiting new places and countries. Unfortunately I have ever less opportunities to do this.