Diego Masciaga, director and general manager of the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, has been awarded the Grand Prix de l'Art de la Salle from the L'Académie Internationale de Gastronomie.
The award was presented to Masciaga during a private lunch held at the Waterside Inn on Sunday (13 June) . Guests included L'Académie Internationale de Gastronomie presidents Georges Husni (Syria) and Rafael Anson (Spain) as well as Michel and Robyn Roux.
L'Académie Internationale de Gastronomie represents 27 countries and rewards maitre d's and sommeliers for outstanding work. Masciaga joins only two other winners of the prestigious Grand Prix de l'Art de la Salle award - Louis Villeneuve, maitre d' at the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Hotel De Ville in Switzerland, who won it in 2006, and Juli Soler from El Bulli, Spain. who won it in 2008.
Speaking after the presentation, Masciaga told Caterersearch: "I hope that this award will show young people that becoming a waiter is not just a job but a profession. The art of service is lacking not only in hospitality but in all industry. To be awarded this international recognition is great for me and the industry and shows how you can make a career of service and front of house."
Masciaga previously worked at Le Gavroche before moving to the Waterside Inn in 1987.
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