GIRLS’ COLLEGE

Giovanni Fontebasso

Giovanni Fontebasso was the Executive Chef at a four-starred Pendragon Hotel, a Trust House Forte’s establishment in South for 11 years. His Catering career gave him the opportunity to join the Craft Guild of Chefs in 1976 and after becoming its National Chairman for two years; he was appointed Trustee of the Association and was awarded the titles of Life Vice-President and Governor. In 1992 he joined the Rotary Club of Godalming and in 2003 he moved to the Cranleigh Club becoming its President in 2006/7 period. From 1980 to 2008 he was Organist at the Catholic Church of Cranleigh. Giovanni came to England from Italy in 1960 and joined the Cookery & Food Association and Craft Guild in 1976. He was one of the youngest chefs working for what was then Trust House Forte, before moving within the group to Gardener Merchant, where he stayed for 22 years. Although he loved being a chef, he took a slight turn in 1986 and went to Charter House School as catering manager, where he stayed until his retirement in 1996.

Giovanni won an award for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Giovanni’s visit to Lakefield.

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Lakefield as a centre for excellence and as a charity we are turning out some of the best young chefs in the country today and the best professionals in the hospitality industry. Lakefield Hospitality Courses provide hospitality and cookery courses. Our London cooking school has a wide range of Professional Cookery NVQ’s Courses, Hospitality NVQ’s Courses, Professional Chef NVQ’s courses, Hospitality Supervision NVQ and Hospitality Short Courses. It also offers the possibility to live in and work.

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