Alma de Cuba to host 2017’s Food & Drink Festival Awards

This year, Alma de Cuba is set to host the glitzy Liverpool Food & Drink Festival Awards 2017. The greatly anticipated festival will be celebrating its 10th year offering Liverpool foodies the best of food and drink.

Honouring the city’s fantastically creative independents, the ceremony honours local talent and hardworking businesses in style.  The dazzling awards ceremony is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

Attendees can look forward to 12 categories this year including Street Food King or Queen, Best Signature Cocktail and Best Hangout for Families.

Since taking ownership of Alma de Cuba earlier this year, we’re hugely proud and excited that Alma has been nominated for Best Social Media Presence, Liverpool’s Favourite Place to Eat and Most Popular Signature Cocktail.

Since giving Alma a sprinkle of Signature style, the iconic Liverpool nightlife venue now includes the showstopping Samba Afternoon Tea as well as magically mystical Voodoo Saturdays.

Remaining true to the much-loved Alma brand, the striking building itself and its stunning features have been carefully maintained, ensuring that the venue doesn’t lose its fantastically historic character and charm.

Dominic Levi (owner of Neon Jamon, Tribeca and Three Piggies), Danny Murphy (owner of Berry and Rye and Jenny’s Bar) and talented duo Oliver Press and David Williams (the brains behind Independent Liverpool and the Baltic Market) have all been shortlisted this year for the Outstanding Contribution to Liverpool’s Food and Drink Scene award.

Affectionately known to locals as ‘the Polish Church’, Alma de Cuba is one of Liverpool’s best-loved venues in the heart of the city’s nightlife scene. Formerly standing as 1700s St. Peters Catholic Church, the unique venue offers guests a truly unforgettable experience from start to finish.

The stylish contrast of contemporary style and opulent original features including the awe-inspiring alter and beautiful stained class windows. Renowned as one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool, Alma is a go-to venue for perfectly crafted cocktails and plenty of expertise from the talented team.

A fusion of colourful Cuban culture, Alma de Cuba has attracted locals and visitors to the city for a number of years, bringing something wonderfully exciting to Liverpool.

The Food and Drink Festival will fill picturesque Sefton Park on the 16th & 18th of September. Make sure you don’t miss out on an array of tasty sweet and savoury treats washed down with a diverse selection of drinks.

The awards ceremony follows on from the festival, so you can vote for your favourite independents until 21st September.

 

How to Write a Winning Hospitality CV

If you’re in search of advice for how to write a hospitality CV, Signature Careers has got you covered.

In fact, we may even have your next job awaiting with our range of dynamic hospitality jobs in Liverpool.

But first things first, applying for a new role can be daunting. So, if you’re looking to expand your horizons, look no further than our guide to crafting a winning CV.

“The customer is always right” coined Harry Gordon Selfridge. And while the catchy phrase was popularised throughout the early 1990s, customer service is just as vital today.

That being said, fantastic customer service and hospitality skills can be tough to showcase through the written word.

But worry not! follow our steps on how to write a hospitality CV and you’ll be well on your way to success…

Showcase your experience

If you can’t mention those weeks of work experience on your CV, then when can you?

Make the most of your experience and don’t be afraid to showcase it. That voluntary work you did might not be directly related, but there’s usually a way to make it count.

Make a list of what you learnt during each experience, whether it was a full-time job or casual experience.

Did you learn organisational skills? Maybe it helped shape you into the punctual, reliable person you are today. If, so don’t forget to shout about it!

Hone in on key skills

So, you’ve talked about your skills overall. Now it’s time to hone in on the key skills you’ll need for getting that job.

For hospitality, you’ll want to focus on your ability to connect with customers, but simply saying you’re great at customer service isn’t really enough.

Be specific about your interpersonal skills, from listening and persuading customers and to forming friendly connections. These are the hospitality skills that will take you to the next level.

You may also want to think of a time that you’ve dazzled a group of people with strong leadership or talk about your sound knowledge of hygiene and safety.

If you’re a fast learner and can take feedback on board, those are a bonus too.

Show your enthusiasm

Enthusiasm will set you apart from the rest of the candidates, so it’s important to prove that you care.

Take some time to research the company. What are their core values? How do you align with their values?

Explain why you’d be the perfect fit for the team and why you’ve chosen this company over the seas of others. After all, who doesn’t love a good compliment?

Learn as much as you can about their history and successes over the years. This is also great practise for your interview, which could be just around the corner!

What makes you different?

Recruiters or managers are likely to look through a multitude of hospitality applications, so it’s important that your CV makes its mark on their memory.

How would your friends best describe your qualities? Decide what makes you unique and embrace it. The reader will be looking to get a feel for your personality.

Talk a little about what makes you the wonderful person you are. What are your hobbies? What are you interested in?

If you’re sociable and motivated, these qualities go hand-in-hand with hospitality, so it’s well worth giving them a mention.

Presentation is everything

Presentation is everything when it comes to writing a hospitality CV. If your font size is always changing and the layout is a strain on the eyes, it’s unlikely that you’ll get too far!

Set aside some time to take a look at your layout and place yourself in the shoes of the person reading it. How would you want to see a CV structured if you were recruiting? What would you prioritise?

Our advice is to start with your personal contact details and work your way down the page from there. Begin with a personal summary and then move on to listing academic qualifications, career/voluntary experience and a section to state if you have references available.

You can also find plenty of CV layout inspiration online for a better understanding of what recruiters look for. Recruitment websites including reed.com provide downloadable templates to get going.

So, we hope you enjoyed our advice on how to write a hospitality CV. We suspect you’ll be showcasing your skills and charming customers in no time! 

Don’t miss out on our Featured Jobs section of Signature Careers, where you’ll discover the latest exciting hospitality jobs in Liverpool across Signature Living venues. 

New Liverpool Restaurant Coming to the Cunard Building

At Signature Careers, we have more exciting news for the flourishing, vibrant city that we’re lucky enough to call home.

Our presence in Liverpool is perpetually expanding and our passion for cultivating the city’s best loved buildings with a lasting purpose in the city is only continuing to grow.

This week, we revealed more about our plans for one of the stunning Three Graces, the Cunard building.

Set to create a multitude of new jobs in Liverpool, there’s plenty to look forward to.

The beautiful Grade II* listed building is located at the Pier Head, along Liverpool’s picturesque waterfront.

The bustling area attracts tourists and locals throughout the year, offering breathtaking views of the city and the perfect balance of history, culture and entertainment.

The Cunard couldn’t be in a better location for special celebrations and scenic days out. That’s why we’re planning on transforming the 18,000 sq ft ground floor of the Cunard into a spectacular restaurant.

Signature Living founder Lawrence Kenwright told the press he “absolutely” expects the restaurant to be the best in the city, so local foodies can certainly get excited.

Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, he shared:

The ground floor is Grade II* listed so we have had to do a report with a heritage specailist. We are not knocking anything down, but it is 18,000 sq ft so we need concertina doors to give you the flexibility.

That means you can open up the full 18,000 sq ft for some events, but then have break-out rooms for smaller events, without that it doesn’t work.

The Cunard is undoubtedly one of the best spaces in the city, so it couldn’t be more fitting for a high quality restaurant. Visitors to Liverpool will be able to dine in luxury without compromising on gaining an atmospheric feel of the city.

Discussing ambitions for the new project, Lawrence emphasised:

The London Carriage Works is currently the best restaurant in the city with two AA rosettes. It’s our intention to get three or four rosettes – we absolutely want this to be the best restaurant in Liverpool.

Of course, this is fantastic news for readers of Signature Careers. An array of jobs in Liverpool will stem from our plans for the Cunard. And what better venue to work in?

Make sure you don’t miss out on the progression of this project and new hospitality and management jobs in Liverpool by checking back soon. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with our plans. 

Meanwhile, you can get the latest news straight to your timeline over on our Facebook page. 

Kick Start Your Career: Chef Summer School in Liverpool

Are you ready to cook up a storm this summer? If you’re an aspiring chef with a real passion for the kitchen, Signature Chef Summer School is calling your name.

At Signature Careers, we’re looking to guide and encourage talented, enthusiastic school leavers who are ready to kick start their culinary career with success.

We’ll be taking young chefs behind the scenes of some of the best restaurants in Liverpool for a hands-on experience that could define the next years of your career.

Though this is a summer course, we have an amazing opportunity for chef apprenticeships in Liverpool awaiting at the finish line, so it’s time to slip on your apron and get stuck in.

Chef Summer School in Liverpool

Throughout the course, our team will provide you with invaluable experience in the real working world.
You’ll learn what it’s like to work with professionals, picking up tips and tricks in fast-paced, exciting kitchens alongside our head chefs.

At the end of our Chef Summer School, you’ll find yourself equipped with an extensive range of skills and solid confidence in the kitchen.

And of course, you may be in with the chance of joining our fast-growing company, as we’re looking for the Liverpool’s next superstar chef to join our wonderful team.

What’s the Process?

  • Aspiring chefs apply and attend our open day
  • Chef selected for 1 of 2 places
  • Chef summer school will begin
  • All successful chefs will receive £300 at the end of the course
  • We’ll be offering chef apprenticeships in Liverpool or even a full-time job to outstanding performers.

Signaure Living

At Signature Living, we’re passionate about apprenticeships in Liverpool and dedicated to helping young, talented people to achieve their full potential.

We’re a multi award winning company, based in the heart of Liverpool city centre and dotted around a variety of established venues!

From Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant to The Bastion and Alma de Cuba to Arthouse, we’re home to a multitude of Liverpool’s most highly-rated restaurants and most popular spots in the city.

Our highly skilled chefs ensure that our restaurants continue to flourish every season of the year, crafting imaginative, creative menus tailored to our customers.

Meals at our venues are produced with fresh and homely, high-quality ingredients and of course, they’re always cooked with care and consideration.

We hope to see you showcasing your culinary skills with us soon! We’re hugely excited about the start of the Signature Chef Summer School and are ready to build a solid foundation for Liverpool’s aspiring young chefs.

We’ll see you in the kitchen! 

Signature Living Plans 3 New Hotels in Ireland over 18 Months

The future of Signature Living is looking brighter than ever. Our latest plans for new hotels in Ireland have spurred exciting headlines and ignited plenty of promise for fresh opportunities.

We’ve recently announced that we’re setting out to build three Belfast hotels within 18 months. And that’s only the beginning of our ambitious plans to transform stunning yet neglected buildings in Ireland.

Sharing plans for the future, Signature Living founder and property developer, Lawrence Kenwright told the Irish News:

“It could be seven (hotels in Belfast), it all depends on deals that can be found, the right property for the project that we want. We hope to have all four open in 18 months, certainly three. I can’t see the fourth yet as we haven’t nailed the fourth, but certainly three can be open in 18 months.”

After achieving an unrivalled presence in Liverpool, Signature Living has risen from strength to strength over the years.  Beginning with with our party apartments filling a gap in the market, we now specialise in restoring historic buildings that are deeply loved by communities. We’ve learnt how to give a new lease of life to buildings, restoring them with a long-term purpose in the city.

Only recently, we reopened the doors of Cardiff’s grand former Coal Exchange. The building holds profound sentiment in Cardiff, and now stands proud again, carefully restored as The Exchange Hotel.

Our significant investment of between £80 million and £110 million in Belfast has been welcomed with open arms by councils, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin laying the foundations of our plans and putting them into action.

Though only two of our projects have been shared in detail with the public so far, there’s certainly plenty to get excited about as proposals continue.

The first image showcasing plans for Crumlin Court House hotel

Following announcements, the public have expressed great enthusiasm for our new hotels in Ireland, including the £15 million George Best themed hotel at the Scottish Mutual Building along with the £25 million redevelopment of the historic Crumlin Road Courthouse.

It’s safe to say that we have our fair share of experience when it comes to weaving a story around a building, firstly with Liverpool’s 30 James Steet Hotel – Home of the Titanic, secondly with our Bill Shankly-themed Shankly Hotel and of course most recently, Cardiff Bay’s Exchange Hotel.

Expressing what has been learnt from building the Shankly, Lawrence Kenwright emphasised:

“One of the main attributes we learnt from the Shankly was the stories that resonate in every room. So in George Best as you can in Shankly you’ll see a story by a personal friend or an ex-footballer,”

“The idea is you’ve got to reflect the DNA of the building along with the person that’s in there so George is coming into the Scottish Mutual. It will be high-end with a bit of a racy feel. We know the designs, we know what we’re going to do, but we’re still working on it at the moment.”

As for Crumlin Road, at Signature Living we’re currently waiting on planning approval, yet ideas are well underway and we’re very keen to begin working on the site as soon as possible. Similarly to Cardiff’s Coal Exchange, we know we’ll be faced with a lot of rubble that will need removing, scaffholding that will be required to secure the walls and plenty more to do before winter arrives.

However, at Signature Living we’re never afraid of a challenge, and it’s Crumlin Road that Lawrence Kenwright is really looking forward to getting stuck in to.

Until then, Belfast locals can look forward to up to 400 full and part-time jobs across the four new hotels in Ireland, along with plenty of hands-on jobs required for construction.

So at Signature Careers, the next few years are filled with promise and fantastic opportunity. And we couldn’t be more excited to bring you along for the journey.