About Us & Testimonials

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Our team are drawn from all areas of the Hospitality industry. We have assembled a group of individuals who possess a wealth of industry knowledge and experience – from Restaurateurs,  Sommeliers, Chefs, Food Development entrepreneurs, to Hotel and Operational Managers from across the UK, US and France. They have been selected for their exceptional Restaurant, Culinary and Management skills and their ability to work with people to support the needs of their businesses.

My background is fine dining restaurants and Training and Development. Our philosophy at Skills Republic is to ensure we fully understand what our clients want and then design and deliver the right developmental solution to help them grow their businesses. We believe in the value of outstanding communication skills, integrity and in developing excellent rapport with the clients we serve.

I have been appointed as one of the ambassadors for the future talent of the restaurant trade in France. I am looking forward to promoting opportunities across our great industry in the UK and anywhere else Skills-Republic is involved.

Call us to find out how we can support your organisation and develop your people, increase your profitability and increase retention of staff. We can help you resolve problems swiftly and grow your customer base. We can provide support to ensure that your staff are all working to achieve the highest standards in order to build your business.


Testimonials:

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David Martin, WSET London Sales Manager: “Veronique Bonnefoy at Skills-Republic, has always established and maintained the highest standards in Sommelier training. She also led, for more than a decade, the Award winning front of house Westminster team in delivering its WSET Wine programmes”


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Alice Glayzer, American Bar, Savoy Hotel: Thanks to Veronique for all of her knowledge and expertise. Veronique always encouraged me to aspire to aim for the very best and pushed me to achieve beyond my expectations. I now work for the Best Bar in the World!”


 


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Johanna Wimmer, Ivy Collection, Training Manager: ” Veronique Bonnefoy has great enthusiasm for our industry, she has always had a clear focus of the business of restaurant, sales, and establishing the highest standards in customer service”


 

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Anna Brabbins, Murder on The Orient Express
2nd Assistant Director Film Director (Kenneth Branagh):

“Veronique Bonnefoy worked with us on the production of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.
We wanted an on-set advisor who could help create a high class environment and a sumptuous atmosphere on our fictional train.
I approached Veronique because of her experience in catering and she rose to the challenge of teaching our train staff cast in the various ways of waiting and kitchen etiquette.
If we needed to know the correct and proper way to serve dishes or drinks, or create food plates, or behave towards the guests – Veronique knew the answer.
She is a delightful person to work with, very responsive, and creative, coming up with ideas to help scenes. She also coped with the very flexible nature of filming admirably, making herself available when the schedule changed.
I wouldn’t hesitate to ask Veronique for her help on the next film I work on, a welcome addition to a hard-working crew.”


 

Jeremy Goring and Michel Escoffier

Jeremy Goring, Chief Executive, The Goring Hotel, London:  Over the last ten years Veronique has held down three of the very senior positions in the hotel industry. She currently heads up our teaching team at Hotel School. She changes the lives of dozens of people every month and she is quite and inspirational person.”