“I aim to become a general manager of a five red star property by 30,” were the words of Edward Fitzpatrick last year at the age of 25 upon receiving a coveted Acorn award. And by the looks of it, he looks like he is well on his way to achieving this.
Having left school at 16, he went straight to work at The Manor House Hotel Caste Combe as a concierge. Three years and heaps of experience later, he took his next step on the career ladder when he joined Lucknam Park as part of the reception team.
It only took six months for chairman of the hotel Harry Murray to realise Fitzpatrick’s star quality and promoted him to assistant reception manager, where he found himself managing a team of six at the age of 18. Two and half years’ later and he left Lucknam Park to take part in the Ten out of Ten programme, where he spent time honing his skills at five different top-notch establishments, including The Fat Duck, Gidleigh Park, The Vineyard and Chewton Glen.
Something clearly stood out to Mark Bevan and the team at Chewton Glen, as he was appointed food and beverage operations manager in September 2013, soon after completing the programme. Since then, in March 2016, the hotel promoted him to operations manager, following a string of impressive results in F&B where his strategies helped to boost profitability by 17%. Fitzpatrick’s ambition and desire to be the best means he deserves his place as one of our trailblazers.