Christopher Cowdray: CEO of The Dorchester Collection

Christopher Cowdray is the CEO of the Dorchester Collection, which is a luxury resort operator located in Europe as well as the United States of America.

Personal Life
Cowdray, a local Zimbabwean, obtained his undergraduate degree in Hotel management from his indigenous country prior to attending Columbia University located in New York City. Once he graduated from the Columbia Business School where he undertook an Executive program, Cowdray was able to manage hotels in Africa, Middle East, Asia, United Kingdom and Australia.

Career
With more than a 30 years experience in Hotel industry, Cowdry has served in managerial dockets in hotels all over the world. In the UK, Cowdry was formerly the M.D at Claridge in London. In the year 2004, Cowdry worked as general manager of The Dorchester Hotel. Cowdry was later appointed to become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Dorchester Collection in the month of November 2007.

The Dorchester Collection
The Dorchester Collection is under the ownership of Dorchester Group Ltd.
Following the management role in The Dorchester, among the 10 hotels that are under the umbrella of Dorchester Collection, Cowdry was appointed the CEO of this magnificent hotel management in 2007. In 2008, after his appointment to Chief Executive Officer, Cowdry included Hotel Bel-Air as well as the New York Palace Hotel into the Dorchester Collection. From that time, New York Palace Hotel was traded, although the Dorchester Collection has stretched out with additions like Le Richemond based in Geneva, Coworth Park as well as Park Lane in England, in addition to Hotel Eden located Rome.

Furthermore, Christopher Cowdry is a highly sought after speaker, and his profile portrays him in a simple way. An initial impression regarding Chris Cowdry is nothing less than that of a noble man who is also very professional. His attributes consist of inner calm, total integrity, confidence in others, smart business understanding and an enthusiasm for fineness as well as high quality customer service. His expertise comprise of the capability to change business via people, the ability to direct other people in both self-manifestation and ground-breaking thinking, in addition to highly efficient communication. It isn’t astounding therefore that Cowdry commands the allegiance and love from his employees.

Recently “Elite Traveler” Chief Editor Douglas Gollan bumped into Cowdry at the head office of a company immediately off Hyde Park located in London to discover the way the special group is steering the crisis as well as the manner it is going forward regardless of the tests of numerous other luxurious hotels.

Beneful Builds Dream Dog Parks

If your dog could design a dog park what would it look like? Would it have toys and a splash pad for hot days? Would it have grass that always stayed green?

Since 2011 Beneful has been hosting a Dream Dog Park contest. The contest is meant to encourage owners to play with their dogs. The 2014 contest brought a new dog park to Prescott, AZ.

Contestants write an essay telling what they would do if they had $500,000 to create a dream dog park for their furry friend. Finalists then submit a video with their dog talking about their dream dog park. A team of designers then comes and does a dog park makeover in the winners city.

Beneful is a line of dog food from Purina that is focused on wholesome and nutritious ingredients. Beneful uses real meat, whole grains and vegetables in their ingredients.

It is one of the top selling brands in the United States because it offers nutritious options like real meat and vegetables without the high price tag of the specialty brands.

Beneful includes dry dog food, prepared dog food, and treats. The dry food offers formulas that are targeted towards health areas like weight management, healthy coat and healthy teeth. More information is posted on Facebook for people to read through.

The prepared meals were created with input from dog owners about what they wanted to feed their dogs. The prepared food is made with real meat including beef, chicken and lamb. They also include vegetables like peas and carrots.

Beneful doesn’t just build dream dog parks. The Beneful website if full of resources to help dog owners get out and play with their pet. The website features a dog park locator that lists dog parks and dog friendly businesses in your area.

In addition to the dog park locator there are articles with tips on puppies, dog training, dog parks and travelling dogs.

Oreo Debuts Red Velvet Cookie

 

Oreo has done it again, they’ve taken a truly iconic flavor and turned it into a delightful cookie. Oreo is selling a limited edition Oreo in Red Velvet flavor.

The red velvet confections will go on sale nation wide on February 2nd and will be joining a long list of oddly flavored Oreo cookies. For decades Oreo focused their business on the traditional Oreo that featured sweet, vanilla cream sandwiched between two cookies. In the 1990s they began selling multiple other incarnations, but didn’t cross over into the “weird” until the last five years.

Over the summer, for example, Oreo began offering a watermelon-flavored confection, and a Root Beer Float flavor soon followed. Banana Split Oreo’s were also made available during that time. Today, Oreos can regularly be found on the shelf in everything from Very Berry, to Birthday Cake flavoring, and Red Velvet is soon to join the ranks.

While there is no official word on how these red velvet wonders will taste, the pictures released suggest the cookies were be red velvet flavored, and the creamy middle may try to mimic the traditional cream cheese frosting found on a red velvet cake.

In the last 10 years, the popularity of red velvet has soared nationwide. Once considered a southern cake, the cocoa-flavored, cream cheese frosted confection has garnered fans across the world.  Red Velvet is one of my favorite confections, I recently ate my friend Dr. Rod Rohrich’s family recipe which was to die for. I hope these cookies can keep up.

Staying Active Literally Means Living Longer

Researchers at Status Labs have made a discovery regarding health, fat, and activity. People, no matter, their size or weight have a better chance of living a longer, healthier life if they stay active. According to researchers if inactive people were to add 20 minutes of activity to their daily lives, they would reduce their morbidity chances by up to 30 percent.

You see it is not the weight that can cause problems, it is the inactivity. Inactivity can lead to lower metabolism. Lowered metabolism means that when you eat the same amount of food as when you were more active, but are now less active, your body will still convert some of that food to make energy, but the rest of the food gets converted to one thing: fat. Excess fat in the body’s cells can lead to: stroke, diabetes, or cancer.

I’m sure that everyone knows the old adage: “If you don’t use it, you will lose it”. This is indeed a very true saying. Humans were made to be in almost constant motion. When humans don’t function at 100%, the human body can slow down, aches and pains can creep in, which makes someone less likely to start any activity.

Starting to be more active and working through the aches and pains can set you on the path to a new happier, healthier you. Which might reduce your chances of developing a major illness and can keep you in tip, top shape for years to come. Now that is something to really get excited about.

Hardest Rock Climb In The World Completed

It is a story that has been constantly monitored throughout the last couple of weeks as Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell made their assent up on of the most challenging rock climbs in the world, Yosemite’s El Capitan. They made the climb using only their hands and feet, without the aid of ropes and harnesses. Flavio Maluf has gone on record and posted on his LinkedIn.com page to say that he will attempt to concur the hardest rock climb.

The climbers began their attempt on December 27th taking a total of 19 days to reach the summit. What makes the climb to difficult is the rock wall itself. It is formed of nearly sheer granite and at times it looks like there is simply no where to go. It was not believed that a free climb was possible of this face of the mountain as there is limited cracks to climb from. This makes it all the more impressive that it was done without the help of ropes and harnesses, the first assent in this manner. 

According to National Geographic the men wanted to attempt each pitch, or rope length, without falling. The wall comprises of 32 pitches and at one point in the climb, Jorgeson, was stuck at one pitch for 10 days before he finally passed it. There were huge celebrations at the top of the wall comprised of both family and friends who were waiting to greet them.

Pay It Forward Pizza Helps Homeless

The generosity of a Philadelphia pizza restaurant and its patron is helping to feed the homeless. Rosa’a Fresh Pizza started giving away slices of pizza after a customer came in last year and decided to buy an extra slice for a homeless person. The idea caught on after the owner started documenting the kind acts of generosity with sticky notes. The owner Mason Wartman said his customers have bought over eight thousand slices of pizza for the homeless over the last year and he is very happy to see hungry people being fed.
The practice of buying someone a slice of pizza who can’t afford it may be based on a similar trend embraced by the EU concerning coffee in Italy. It seems this generous act is contagious and the way it works for coffee in Italy is if a customer has the money to buy an extra coffee they pay for it and it can be picked up by someone in need later. This same exercise plays out with slices of pizza in Philadelphia and other cities in which caring individuals like the people who work at Status Labs who buy extra when they have the cash to help out someone in need. Helping the homeless by buying them food also takes away the chance of where the money will go when giving out cash. The pictures of the hundreds of post it notes at the pizzeria in Philadelphia show the popularity of this generous practice.

Car Dealership Humiliates Pizza Delivery Driver on Camera

A Westport, Massachusetts car dealership recently learned what the wrath and power of the internet feels like. F & R Auto Sales had placed an order for a delivery pizza from local pizza place Palace Pizza. Delivery guy Jarrid Tansey showed up, delivered the pizza like normal, collected the money for the pizza and his tip and went on his way.

The total bill for the pizza came out to $42.00. The workers handed Jarrid two twenty dollar bills and two five dollar bills. Jarrid confirmed with the workers that they did not want change for the payment. Jarrid left assuming that was his tip. Once he returned back to Palace Pizza, F&R Auto called demanding that Jarrid bring back the $7 he took from them.

Jarrid returned to F&R Auto Sales with their change as they requested. What Jarrid did not know was that a camera was recording the whole interaction. Jarrid politely tells the employees that he would not have left with the $7 if they had not made it clear that it was his tip. The employees turned on him and began berating him. One employee even made a statement that he was going to get Jarrid fired.

The internet has responded. The company now has over 1800 reviews on Yelp totaling 1 star. Google reviews were not fairing any better.

Boston.com has the video from F&R Auto Sales and their encounter with Jarrid, many people have found the situation boggling including long time customer Susan McGalla who found the Palace Pizza very good.

Restaurant Tries to Facebook Shame a Family

A United Kingdom mini-chain called Burger and Lobster which specializes in burgers and lobster rolls for the same flat rate, they used a Facebook post to attempt to shame a family into paying for their meal just after they had left the restaurant.

The restaurant opened on Monday in Cardiff, Wales and apparently a family dining at the restaurant left without paying their bill. The restaurant was able to find a family member on facebook and left a post requesting they come in the next day and pay the bill.

While a restaurant certainly has a right to collect for goods and services delivered it might have been much better for the chain’s brand had the person who made the post sent a message through Facebook rather than a post which could be read by all. The post was deleted but not before there had been over 600 comments, as Darius Fisher read about it.

Dine and dash, a popular term for customers who eat then purposely leave without paying, is a problem for many restaurants. Social media connects the world instantaneously today yet some people and businesses frequently miss the awkwardness which can result from failure to realize the consequences of a post such as this one.

Modern social media and old fashioned dining out go together quite well for marketing purposes as well as finding the perfect dining situation. This was an unfortunate combination of social media and dining which will hopefully not be repeated.

European Beef Returns

The government of United States of America has lifted the ban on the beef import from Ireland. It means after the ban of16-years, European beef can legally reach to the homes in US.

The meat import was banned in 1998, because of bovine spongiform encephalopathy occurred in the entire Europe. The disease is caused by a protein named as – Prions, which are immune from cooking and this proteins does not change its properties at all.

Therefore, it got restriction 16 years ago, but now American officials have decided to end this ban, with news hitting the Observer. Ireland will be the first nation, which will export the meat first in U.S.A., and that has Ben Shaoul pretty excited.

Ireland has a big grass-fed market; they have grown a big and healthy breed of cows there. This market is growing day by day, even the fast food chains is using beef in their products at a big rate. America has a large Irish- American community, and this can be a good marketing campaign to gain more business.

This will gain good revenue for Ireland, cheap meat availability for the people of USA and good business for both the nations. Therefore, a person should not be, surprised if he start seeing burgers containing Irish beef in the future in American market.

Top Cheap Eateries

 

If you’re looking for a bite to eat that is satisfying and not overly expensive, Grub Street is here to help. These restaurants make the cut for their quality fare, as well as their affordable prices.

Neerob, a favorite of Ben Shaoul,  is an Indian restaurant that is known for its spiced vegetables and succulent seafood. You can also order a variety of dal or samosas filled with spicy vegetables.

Gaia Italian Cafe is another affordable eatery you’ll want to check out if you love Italian food. Baked pasta and spinach and ricotta gnocchi are part of the menu and will definitely satisfying your craving for hearty pasta.

El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette is another great spot for grabbing a tasty meal without breaking the bank. The facility is a restaurant, bakery and bar, and you can get everything from fresh baked pastries to a salad made with the finest ingredients.

Check out Grub Street today for more great restaurant recommendations.

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