Waiter Judge – Mourad Ben Tefka
Director of Restaurants – Seren Collection
Hailing from sunny Cannes in the Côte D’Azur, Mourad got his first taste for hospitality at age 12, helping in a family-owned coastal restaurant where he worked as a chef on weekends and school holidays for over 10 years.
While studying a Master's in Applied Foreign Languages at Nice University, Mourad worked Front of House roles at luxury hotels in Monaco during events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix. His first full-time role was as a commis waiter, working for the prestigious Société des Bains de Mer hotel group in Monaco. He then moved to the UK, spending several years at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons before expanding his experience at other iconic British venues such as l’Ortolan and Hambleton Hall.
He returned to Le Manoir as Restaurant Manager, spending the next 18 years helping Raymond Blanc perfect his astonishing vision for the hotel and restaurant, latterly in the role of Restaurant Director. During his time at Le Manoir, Mourad became a Master of Culinary Arts in 2013.
Mourad joined the Seren Collection as Director of Restaurants in 2020, trading Oxfordshire for the beautiful coast of Pembrokeshire. Mourad is a proud family man and when not at work, he enjoys gardening, keeping fit, cooking for the family, and exploring this beautiful part of the world.