Mya Lacarte beats industry giants to top prizeBy David Millward
July 11, 2012
A small restaurant in Caversham has been named the best employer in the hospitality industry in England and Wales.
Mya Lacarte was given the esteemed title in front of 350 bosses from hotels, restaurants, pubs and caterers from around the country.
The Prospect Street restaurant found itself ahead of industry giants such as the Hilton, Hawksmoor and Sheraton Skyline hotel.
Three employees from Mya Lacarte collected the top prize at the Best Employers in Hospitality Awards at the Lancaster Hotel in West London. The team had already celebrated scooping the best independent restaurant employer award earlier in the evening.
Head waitress Ilaria Marsigli said: “It feels unbelievable to win and especially for a small independent business.
“Working for Mya Lacarte means being part of a family and the owners are friendly and passionate about what they do.
“Our customers mention that they don’t know who the owner is, we all provide the same service as we’re all so committed.”
Justin Le Stephany, head chef, added: “Produce and service is at the heart of what we do and it really does feel like our own business, we’re all supported to do the best we can.
“If you love what you do, you care more and deliver a better result.”
General manager Alex Darke is a friend of Mya Lacarte owner Matthew Siadatan and his Apprentice TV show-winning sister Yasmina. He said: “Obviously I do work for a very good friend of mine but everybody says it’s like a family atmosphere here.
“Everyone who works here really tries to do their very best for the restaurant at all times.”
The awards, hosted by hospitality recruitment specialist Caterer.com on Monday, June 18, were based on the opinions of 5,000 staff working for the companies which entered.
Mya Lacarte came fifth in the overall table and runner-up in the independent restaurant employer category last year.
Mr Siadatan said: “It’s an absolutely amazing achievement and we are so humbled being up there with recognised brands and other independent hotels and restaurants which are well known.
“Alex, Ilaria and Justin say how much they enjoy the place and they are completely dedicated to what they do and I have always told them to treat the place as their own and given them the opportunity to be involved.”
Ian Burke, director of Caterer.com, said: “The bar was set high this year and we had a record number of companies enter the awards. These are the only awards that focus on what the people at the core of the business really think.”