Geraud Tournier appointed General Manager at L'Apogée Courchevel and Château Saint-Martin & Spa
In summer months, he will be found carrying out the same duties at the Château Saint-Martin & Spa, both being seasonal properties
L’Apogée Courchevel and the Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Vence has appointed Géraud Tournier as General Manager of these two 5-star Oetker Collection establishments. Tournier will take up his new position as soon as L’Apogée Courchevel reopens for the season on December 16. In summer months, he will be found carrying out the same duties at the Château Saint-Martin & Spa, both being seasonal properties.
He is set to take the reins from Duarte Bon de Sousa, who joined Oetker Collection as General Manager of L’Apogée Courchevel when it first opened back in 2013. For almost nine years, he was responsible for the smooth running of L’Apogée Courchevel in winter, and of the Château Saint-Martin & Spa during the summer season. Duarte Bon de Sousa is now poised to take on a brandnew role as Oetker Collection’s Vice-President of Operations, a position that involves overseeing the opening of all new Oetker Collection hotels.
Tournier holds a BTS in Hospitality and Restaurant Management with a sommelier specialisation, and has already earned his stripes working in this highly illustrious field. Named France’s Best Student Sommelier in the year 2000 and armed with over ten years’ experience in the sector, split between Monaco and Paris, he has had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in hospitality over the course of his career.
A cultivated and ambitious individual, having been appointed Head Sommelier at the 3-Michelin-starred Pavillon Ledoyen Restaurant in Paris, Géraud Tournier then became the Manager of the wine cellars of four restaurants belonging to the Epicure Group, heading up a team of five sommeliers. He joined the Château Saint-Martin & Spa and L’Apogée Courchevel as Head Sommelier in 2012, where he was promoted to Catering Manager and Head Sommelier in 2015. He ran “Les Canthares” Wine Club at the Château Saint-Martin & Spa for a good many years against the backdrop of the stunning rocky cellar, encouraging discussion and interaction around beautifully balanced food and wine pairings for the greatest pleasure of gourmets. In 2021, he continued to climb the career ladder on being appointed Resident Manager of the two Oetker Collection establishments.
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