Saturday, 31 December 2016
Happy New Year All
So as I sit here Saturday afternoon 321st January 2017 thinking about getting ready for one of the most special evenings in our calendar - I want this blog to be all about the team! The guys in the photo and some that sadly weren't there for the photo shoot!
SOH and I are firmly of the opinion that this incredible bunch of people make up the most amazing team we've been fortunate to work with. Actually when this bunch are in full swing - then the 'magic' really does happen, because they all really do love what they do at the Vic!
Each and everyone of them; from the 15 year olds who do the 'running' and clearing and tidying to the Managers who keep a watchful eye on things, to the Chefs who cook and clean and feed so many thousands and thousands of you every year - they all work so very, very hard and Tim & I consider ourselves to be incredibly fortunate to have them working with us!
Every single one of them brings something special to the business and collectively they work together as a really great team. They all socialise with each other as well - so that says a lot about how they get on. If someones ill, it doesn't take them long to volunteer to cover a shift - usually without asking and often expecting nothing in return.
This year we've worked extra hard on education and training and it was a joy to see Jessie and Philly (21 tomorrow) achieve NVQ's in Hospitality. They are now supervisors and undertaking the next level of NVQ. Next year we hope to have to young ladies join us as Hospitality Apprentices. Front of House next year will be looking to raise their game even further with more training and a bit of fun along the way.
In our kitchen - the machine room - Tom Huggett joined us as our new Head Chef, Sous Chef Sarah also joined us as well as Chef de Partie Aaron and in January we have a trained Pastry Chef joining us. That brings our team in the kitchen up to 9 and 2 part timers. We're investing a lot of money into the kitchen, buying a water bath and some other better equipment. It will all help give you the customer a better experience when you visit, as well as make our Chefs lives a bit easier. I am excited about the food coming out of our kitchen and even more excited about developments in our kitchen for 2017.
Now I've had a break from entering awards for a year, I shall be back on the paper trail in 2017. I feel this will be our year to shine again!
So from Tim, myself and all our amazing team - we wish you all a very Peaceful, Happy, Prosperous and loving 2017.