PolyU Staff Honoured with Chef Herman Breithaupt Award
Chef Simone Nabbs, Executive Chef and Kitchen Manager of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), was recently bestowed the Chef Herman Breithaupt Award by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE).
The Chef Herman Breithaupt Award honours the memory of a pioneer in culinary education by recognising outstanding achievement and contributions to culinary arts or foodservice education by a chef/educator. Chef Nabbs is the first recipient from an institution in the Asia-Pacific region to receive this prestigious award since its introduction in 1980. The award clearly recognises her high professionalism and her remarkable contributions to hospitality education and to ICHRIE.
An Australian national, Chef Nabbs identifies herself as passionate and colourful ambassador of the culinary arts, being part of a team, an extension of a long history of tradition and pride in connecting people through food. Having worked internationally in a diverse range of opportunities around the globe, she has served the industry assiduously for more than two decades. Chef Nabbs then amalgamated with education and joined the SHTM in 2012, vividly engaging with her students and introducing them to the diversity and dynamic world of food and beverage.
The Chef Herman Breithaupt Award was presented at the 2022 Annual International CHRIE Summer Conference held in Washington, DC on 3-6 August.
About International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to providing programmes and services to continually improve the quality of global education, research, service and business operations in the hospitality and tourism industry.
About PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management
For over 40 years, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a world-leading hotel and tourism school. Ranked No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 for the sixth consecutive year, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2020/2021 for four years in a row, rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017, and ranked No. 1 in Asia in the “Hospitality and Leisure Management” subject area in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 for the sixth consecutive year, the SHTM is a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism.
The School is driven by the need to serve its industry and academic communities through the advancement of education and dissemination of knowledge. With a strong international team of over 80 faculty members from diverse cultural backgrounds, the SHTM offers programmes at levels ranging from undergraduate degrees to doctoral degrees. Through Hotel ICON, the School’s groundbreaking teaching and research hotel and a vital aspect of its paradigm-shifting approach to hospitality and tourism education, the SHTM is advancing teaching, learning and research, inspiring a new generation of passionate, pioneering professionals to take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.