Tue 4 Sep 18
Dimitri's ambition to teach and his passion for hospitality led him to take up the position of lecturer at the Edge Hotel School at the University of Essex.
Having successfully submitted his Masters dissertation, Dimitri is applying for a doctorate in the Sociology department at Essex. He also takes part in charity sport events and is participating in the 70.3 Iron Man in Mallorca later this year.
Dimitri Lera is an alumnus of the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. When he was 27 he oversaw the opening of the first ever river cruise ship operating in Italy, as hotel manager. At 30 he was deputy hotel director on award-winning Silversea’s Silver Shadow cruise ship in the United States.
When did you become interested in working in hospitality?
My passion for hospitality stems from an innate curiosity for different cultures and a love for food, which originates from Italy’s rich regional culture.
My professional experiences range from restaurant manager to food and beverage manager, deputy hotel director to hotel manager. Having gained professional experiences abroad, in several European cities including the USA and Eastern Europe, I settled in London where I was managing a well-established restaurant. Our clientele included HRH Prince William, HRH Prince Harry, Prince Michael Duke of Kent, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands,Tina Turner, Sting, Mike Jagger, Tom Cruise and Antonio Carluccio.
Is a career in hospitality as exciting as it appears?
To be successful in hospitality, passion and professionalism are crucial and these should manifest in all you do.
Why did you decide to move into higher education?
Managing a well-established restaurant is rather rewarding, yet demanding. After seven years I decided I needed new challenges. I have always been interested in education and I have frequently led or implemented training.
I learnt hospitality and administration services in Italy, where I finished my A-levels, and I now hold a BA (Hons) from the Edge Hotel School and have just completed my Masters dissertation.
I have published two articles so far. One is a peer reviewed contribution on the Association for Language Learning and the other is on the University’s Sociology and Sustainable Consumption blog.
Here at Essex, I can finally fulfill my passions both for the industry and helping young individuals attain their full potential in an exciting global industry.