A Short History

1972 - 1973

La Fondation is born when M. Emile Wolfe sells the Lancaster Hotel for shares in the Savoy Group and then, at the suggestion of Sir Hugh Wontner (the Savoy’s Chairman), endows some of these to La Fondation pour la Formation Hôtelière.

1989

On 9th November the Berlin Wall falls, reuniting East and West Germany and paving the way for previously Soviet bloc counties to become future members of the EU.

1996

The 1st ‘Train the Trainer’ seminar is presented on behalf of La Fondation by Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne at the Kempinski
Hotel, Moscow.

1997

Professor Gianfranco Nobis agrees to present a seminar programme at the Budapest Business School’s Faculty of Commerce, Catering and Tourism on the principles underlying each area of hospitality operation.

1998

Following the sale of the  Savoy Group, La Fondation realises a significant return on the sale of its shares, creating new opportunities for La Fondation to expand its work.

Professor Gianfranco Nobis is appointed to advise the Board on projects and to develop a programme of ‘train the trainer’ seminars as well as present ‘Special Lectures’.

1999

The 1st ‘Special Lecture’ is given by Kevin Collins, and held at the Stredni Hotelova Skola, Prague, Czech Republic.

La Fondation’s 1st ‘kitchen project’ is launched at the University of Food Technology, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

2000

Our 1st Annual Conference is held at the Budapest Business School’s Faculty of Commerce, Catering and Tourism. It is
dedicated to Martin Radcliffe, a former director of the Savoy Group and long term Board member of La Fondation, who passed away in August 1999. Victor Emery has represented the Board at the Annual Conference since 2003.

2004

The Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia become members of the
European Union.

La Fondation’s 1st Training Restaurant is officially opened at the University of Food Technology, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, by Jenifer Emery and Francesca Radcliffe.

2007

Romania and Bulgaria became members of the European Union.

2009

The Micros Fidelio Training project takes place for representatives from partner institutions from  Odessa, Opava, Presov and Plovdiv.

2013

Croatia becomes a member of the European Union.

2014

La Fondation recommits to helping develop the hospitality sector in Central and Eastern Europe in the face of a changing
political landscape.