Between You and Me: Gianluca Sparacino

12 Aug 2019 | by Les Roches


By Nicholas Allen, Class of 1992 Les Roches alumnus

Over the next few months, I’m catching up with some of the great people I met during my time studying at Les Roches. Last time out I spoke with “Chef Brendan” – one of the greatest assets Les Roches had during my period there. This time it is the turn of the incredible Gianluca Sparacino to sit in the interviewee’s chair…


Luca-Alex-BlogNicholas Allen (NA): What is your profession and current position? 

Gianluca Sparacino (GS): I’m Vice President of F&B EMEA at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

NA: Who was your first room-mate at Les Roches? 

GS: Alex Van Ness.

NA: Where did you grow up?

GS: Rome, New York, Chicago, Montreal and Singapore – in that order! 

NA: Whom has made the biggest impact on your professional career? 

GS:  My Dad. Consummate professional and ultimate gentleman.

NA: Who was your favorite teacher at Les Roches?

GS:  Mr. George Ortiz. He was the first teacher I had in Les Roches. I actually beat him in a Cork Pulling competition!!!

NA: What’s your advice for new graduates?

GS:  Travel and see the world. Get as many experiences you possibly can and then decide which hospitality sector you want to be in. Capture your own future! 

NA: Who did you have a crush on at Les Roches? 

GS:  A lady called Alexandra (Alexandra Jockle – class of ‘92)… and it worked out pretty well – this year we will celebrate 25 years of marriage!

NA: What is your fondest memory of Les Roches?

GS: That it was the most beautiful place in the world. Lifetime friends. How quiet everything is when it snows.  Le P’tit Paradis and the 5 CHF “Choppe”. 

NA: Do you have any phobias?

GS:  Not really. Perhaps not achieving everything that I wanted to… yet!

NA: You can ask me one question, what is it?

GS:  What is your “why”?

NA: Oh, good question Luca. When I reflect on this question, I can split it into three:

  • What do I believe in? Compassion, honesty and love.
  • What motivates me? I have a drive to always do better: better for my clients, friends, parents and children. And there is nothing better than achieving something no one else could.
  • What fuels my actions? I talk to my girls about their dreams and aspirations, that reinforces mine. There’s a good life ahead and I’m going to make every moment count.

NA: Last question. You have organized a lavish dinner party with no expense spared. You can invite eight people, alive or dead, who are they?

GS: Gathering together eight generations of my family would be a real kick.

NA: Thank you so much, Luca!


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