Hotel La Tour Birmingham is delighted to welcome Christopher McCaughran into the key role of Restaurant and Bars Manager.
Originally from Bristol and with a Mauritian mother and Irish father, Chris is looking forward to discovering Birmingham where he has made his new home. After studying marketing and law at Greenwich University, Chris worked at a busy Bristol cocktail bar as a mixologist before discovering his love of the hotel business. The last few years have taken him to a variety of luxury properties including the five star Marriott Champs Elysees Paris.
He has also had a taste of celebrity culture in his role as hospitality manager for the BBC where his responsibilities covered five sites including Television Centre. Among his favourite anecdotes from his time at the Beeb are sharing a cigar with Jonathan Ross, organising a big anniversary event for Sir David Attenborough and knowing all the inside gossip on a number of big names (but he’s far too discreet to tell).
Of his move to Brum, he said: “It would be fair to say I am super excited. This is a new city for me – I’ve lived in London and Manchester before but never Birmingham. I love what I have seen of the city so far, I think it’s a great time to be here and I am really looking forward to discovering what’s happening here and meeting as many people as possible.”
He added: “We have an iconic building here at Hotel La Tour and I’m going to be working with the team to promote the personality of both Aalto Restaurant and Alvar Bar. I was attracted to come here by the standards and quality.”
Dan may have some competition: Chris cooks at home nearly every day and loves to present something with an Asian influence when he’s entertaining friends. His favourite dish on the menu at Aalto is the Dorset crab with fennel and he waxes lyrical about the “sublime” mushroom sauce served with Cornfed free range chicken.
Chris said: “I think the market is really ready now for great modern British food in a brasserie style. French brasserie has done very nicely and fine dining is done extremely well in this country, Aalto has a great opportunity to continue to make a great name for itself and I am really looking forward to being a part of that.”
Away from work, Chris loves to travel and where work commitments allow, aims to visit a new country every year. His favourite place so far is Iceland with its mesmerising landscape, northern lights and geysers, although he found the cuisine rather dull: too much smoked fish.
“The best meal I have ever had was at Langan’s Brasserie where I dined with my former head chef. The food was great and the service was impeccable and that’s what we’re aiming for at Aalto. You need the pairing of both fabulous food and truly great service: one without the other is no good.”