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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Turnberry waiter takes top honour in UK culinary awards

A young waiter at Turnberry, the Luxury Collection Resort in Ayrshire, has been recognised for the skill and passion she brings to her work by winning a prestigious, UK catering industry award. 

Caitlin Flannighan (pictured above), a native of Girvan, took the honour at the Academy of Culinary Arts (ACA) Annual Awards of Excellence 2013 after a finalists competition against 24 other waiting professionals representing the best restaurants in the UK, including The London Ritz, Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Le Gavroche. 

A graduate of Carrick High School, Caitlin joined the team at Turnberry in 2011 and was promoted to the role of Junior Head Waiter in the resort’s 1906 restaurant last year. 

The Award of Excellence recognises her passion and commitment for her work, something which Caitlin says is ideally suited to her personality. “I believe that communication, knowledge, confidence and people skills are all vital in this profession,” she said. “The high standards set by Turnberry and the diverse and thorough training they have provided have been a great foundation to help me develop my career to date.”

Jordi Tarrida (pictured above), General Manager of Turnberry Resort, said: “We’re delighted with Caitlin’s award success which is well-deserved. She has an excellent attitude, all the right personal elements and she takes a great pride in her work. It reflects Turnberry’s wider commitment to provide unique and personalised experiences to our guests.”

The Academy of Culinary Arts is Britain’s leading professional association for chefs and restaurants, and its patron is His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.


Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland 

Turnberry is located on the stunning Ayrshire coast, offering elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events. The five red star resort underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme prior to hosting the 2009 Open on its legendary Ailsa golf course and becoming part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts much acclaimed Luxury Collection. The luxuriously appointed guest rooms include four lavish ocean-view suites and offer a perfect blend of Edwardian tradition and timeless design. The iconic Ailsa Course is currently ranked as Britain’s number one golf course by leading golf publications and consistently rated within the world’s best. For golfers, there is also the Championship Kintyre Course and the Arran Course, as well as the Turnberry Performance Academy. Turnberry is the perfect setting for food lovers, with a choice of unique dining experiences, including the signature restaurant 1906, led by Executive Chef Justin Galea, which offers classic dishes with a modern twist and a unique Chef’s Table experience. There is also the elegant Grand Tea Lounge, Ailsa Bar & Lounge, Duel in the Sun bar and Tappie Toorie restaurant overlooking the links golf courses and sea beyond. Turnberry has a well-established reputation for top class meeting and events facilities, specialising in bespoke boardroom experiences. There is also a luxurious spa offering a range of ESPA treatments. The onsite Outdoor Activity Centre offers guests a variety of distinguished outdoor activities including quad biking, archery and off-road driving. For more information, please visit: 

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts 

The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent d├ęcor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 75 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information, please visit:

Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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