As part of the June 6th Closing Ceremony held at Hotel Puente Romano, Les Roches Marbella introduced three new awards to highlight the work and achievements of staff and students throughout the year.
First among the awardees was Les Roches Marbella’s former CEO and General Director, Dr. Maria Teresa Gozalo. Dr. Gozalo received the Hospitality Golden Key award in recognition of her dedication to the growth of the school and her contributions to the hotel and tourism industry during a career that spans more than 25 years.
As the first ever Hospitality Golden Key Award, Les Roches Marbella wanted to acknowledge the importance of education within the hospitality industry, given that it is a vital contributor and a driving force in the advancement of the hospitality industry. This year’s Hospitality Golden Key was awarded to Dr. Gozalo for her role as General Director of Les Roches Marbella since 1995. As a result of her exemplary leadership, constant devotion and admirable commitment, she has brought Les Roches Marbella to what it is today.
Following her commendation, two extraordinary staff members of Les Roches Marbella were recognized for their significant contributions to the growth of the school by being presented with the Les Roches Marbella Mentor Award.
This award recognizes teachers or student mentors who have had a significant impact on the lives of current and future professionals in the hospitality industry, from course design to lecturing, innovation through e-learning to research supervision, or practical sessions to demonstrations.
The Mentor Award was presented to two outstanding figures in the Les Roches Marbella community who have not only contributed to the advancement of the industry, but also have touched upon the lives of our students.
The first Mentor Award was given to Ms. Isabel Olea who has headed pastry operations at Les Roches Marbella since the school’s beginning. Ms. Olea’s “sweetness” has played a vital role in the professional development of more than 3,000 alumni who are actively developing careers in the hospitality industry. Now, after 19 years of dedicated service, she is retiring and it goes without saying that all of us at Les Roches Marbella will miss her dearly. Indeed, she will leave some very big shoes to fill in her departure.
The second Mentor Award was issued to Mr. Antonio Rueda, who has dedicated 16 years of his life to Les Roches Marbella. Thanks to him, thousands of students have learned the vital importance of sanitation operations in the kitchen. His optimism, good humor and young at heart spirit has inspired several generations of Les Roches Marbella students and alumni.
The final award, aptly named the Way of Life Award, recognizes students who have portrayed the essential values of our school through the spirit and soul of teamwork, the individual commitment to solidarity, and the delivery of service with passion and excellence.
Les Roches Marbella students, faculty, alumni and families, as well as the employers who hire our graduates, are making a positive difference in communities around the world. When our students succeed, countries prosper and societies benefit. For their positive impact on society and their commitment to making a future worth living for, the Way of Life Award was delivered to the Les Roches Marbella Sustainability Club. This student created initiative is committed to raising awareness of innovative and cutting-edge practices that will enable our industry and community to successfully develop.
Of special mention in receiving the Way of Life Award are the members who brought the LRM Sustainability Club to prominence within the campus community this semester. They are Agate Viktorova, Laurence Curtis, Margherita Tiso, Ana Pinto, YunMi Kim, Maria Natasha Kusumastuti, Francisco Marques, and Sergio Vega. Their groundbreaking work will serve as the foundation for students to continue contributing well into the future.