Coworth Park C

oworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s country house hotel and spa, is a 70-room country

house hotel set in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland. It is the only hotel in the UK with its own polo fields and an equestrian centre with stabling. Guests can enjoy outdoor country pursuits, simply relax in the luxury eco spa or dine in one of our outstanding restaurants. At Coworth Park we are surrounded by a wealth

of talent with a passion for excellence, where our vision and values reflect our commitment to our

Case study

Taylor Fisher, assistant restaurant manager, Restaurant Coworth Park How did you get into hospitality? My parents own a small hotel and restaurant in North Yorkshire, which

I began working in when I was 14. I graduated from York St John University

in 2016 and enrolled onto the Coworth Park Management Graduate Programme. Upon completing the 18-month scheme I was offered the role of junior assistant manager in Restaurant Coworth Park, our Michelin-starred restaurant.

What attracted you to Coworth Park? I wanted to gain experience in the five-star sector. Dorchester Collection has some of the world’s

most iconic hotels in amazing locations and it is renowned for its standards and guest experience. When I found the graduate management programme I knew I wanted to be involved.

What was your most memorable experience during the graduate programme? Did you get involved in any special projects? The opportunity to work in several outlets means I have learned a lot but a highlight for me was working within the management team that ran the Audi Polo event in 2017. This event is one of biggest in the polo calendar, and Coworth Park hosts 700 guests over the weekend, including royalty and VIPs from all over the world. The whole event was absolutely eye-opening,

exciting and, of course, had its challenges. I was asked to make and serve 350 espresso martinis after dinner, and we managed to serve them all within 30 minutes. You can imagine the fun we had – I think we broke a world record!

What do you enjoy most about your role? I enjoy being part of a team that is passionate about hospitality and who are striving to achieve the very best. Last October Restaurant Coworth Park was awarded a Michelin star and this is a true reflection of our hard work and dedication as a team. The best thing about food and beverage is that every day is different. I learn something new every day and there is never a dull moment.

What advice would you give to a prospective graduate? Listen! Listen to everyone around you – to your colleagues and team members in all different positions. Listen to their advice and experience, take on constructive feedback, remember the compliments and the things you did well, and see every opportunity as something to learn. Be confident – but not arrogant – in who you are and know that you can make a really positive impact during your time on the programme.

Come to the countryside for award-winning training at a luxury hotel in the most beautiful of settings

guests, allowing the team to feel cherished and our guests to feel treasured. Our people are the reason for our outstanding service, and therefore their development is our priority. We support each team member from day one and continue to partner with them throughout their career with Dorchester Collection, providing development opportunities to ensure their continued success. We are passionate about people and that is

why we always look to promote from within and provide team members with an individual

structured training plan to ensure they have the tools for every step of their career. Our opportunities include cross-training, internships and being part of our award-winning graduate programme, during which our graduates work on projects that will contribute to guest engagement and financial improvement, culminating with them presenting their projects to our board. And it’s not all about work! Our ‘Place to Work’ team ensure there is time for fun, from a summer boat trip to a winter ball, bonfire night parties and pub quizzes and many more activities. Coworth Park offers its team members opportunities for development and growth with the choice to map out their own career path. Care to join us?

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