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Full Name:        FINETTE RITA DIDON
Year:             1993 – 1994 & 1995-1997
Current Position/Post Title:    EXECUTIVE SOUS-CHEF
Organization/Company:    INDIAN OCEAN LODGE

I was awarded an overall grade of credit upon completion of the KITCHEN AND PASTRY course in 1994.  The same year I took part in the Creole Festival Gastronomy Competition where I came out second.  I also had the chance to attend an exchange program for one month on Reunion Island at the Lycée Professionelle Plateau Cailloux.  I was amongst a group of students that had the chance to go for an Educational Tour in India.

Transition from school to world of work
After completion of my studies I started working as a Senior Cook at Carana Beach Chalet for about four years, where I was given a lot of responsibilities.  I was then offered the opportunity to work at Denis Island.  It was a big decision for me to make as I was also an athlete with the Seychelles Athletics National Team at that time.  I had the chance to represent the Hotel I was working with Mason’s Travel and Seychelles as a whole, at a Trade Fair in Czechoslovakia (Prague).  I worked for four and a half years on Denis and I was then transferred to Praslin where I took charge of the kitchen at the Villa Flamboyant for at least two years.  From Villa Flamboyant I was moved to my present work location at the Indian Ocean Lodge, Grand Anse.

Acknowledgements or Advice
During my career in the tourism industry I have achieved a lot and still have more to be achieved.  It is a career that requires a lot of patience and deserves a lot of sacrifice.

Other comments
From time to time I deliver a few talks at the Grand Anse Praslin Secondary School for the secondary students with regards to the Hotel Industry.  I specifically talk about my field of work.  I do it to help them better understand the Industry as whole and the prospects that exist.

Why Choose a career in the Hotel industry ?
It is an industry which holds a lot of prospects and career opportunities.  You will be highly rewarded for all your efforts, perseverance and hard work.


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