Institut Lyfe at the Hospitality Awards

Institut Lyfe was pleased to be a partner of the 23rd Hospitality Awards, a unique ceremony honouring professionals in the industry and showcasing the latest innovations in the sector.

This year’s Hospitality Awards were once again held under the patronage of French President, Emmanuel Macron for the 3rd year running, bearing witness to his support for the hospitality and restaurant sector, which is constantly innovating and reinventing itself to meet the demands of its clientele.


Dominique Giraudier, CEO of Institut Lyfe, had the honour of presenting the award for social responsibility. The prize, which rewards professionals in the hotel and catering industry for their commitment to social and ecological responsibility, echoes our daily commitment to these issues. The Social Responsibility prize was awarded to the Hyatt Group for their RiseHY project, an assistance programme aimed at the training, recruitment and development of unemployed young people who have dropped out of school.

Trained to become responsible and committed managers of the future, we make it a point of honour to ensure that all of our students are involved in social and environmental issues, so that they and their teams can work towards developing healthy, inclusive and sustainable environments.


Organised by Hospitality ON, the Young Talent Awards is an international competition dedicated to students, rewarding the best initiatives in the hospitality and restaurant sector. On this occasion, the spotlight was turned on our students, who presented their proposal after several weeks of work on a problem posed by a well-known company within the hotel sector.

Auriane Paris, a beneficiary of the Institut Lyfe Foundation scholarship programme, and Maxime Roy, both third-year students on the Bachelor’s in International Hospitality Management, worked together on the problem presented by IHG Hotels & Resorts: “How can IHG create an inclusive and inspiring culture that allows everyone to flourish, regardless of their background?”

Julie Labbe, Dan Perrier and Carl Hayek meanwhile, all holders of scholarships from the Institut Lyfe Foundation, examined the issue raised by the Accor group: “How can artificial intelligence revolutionise the hotel experience for both clients and employees?”

Institut Lyfe would like to congratulate our students on their hard work and commitment to this high value-added international competition in the hospitality and restaurant sector. Our students worked tirelessly on the challenges set by Accor and IHG Hotels & Resorts, and made it all the way to the final with flying colours.



Lara DuprĂ©, who graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in International Hospitality Management, is the co-founder and general manager of Aichti HĂ´tel, the first lifestyle hotel in Abidjan, CĂ´te d’Ivoire. Thanks to her unique career path and her position in the hotel industry, Lara qualified as a finalist for the Break Through Career in Hospitality award.

This nomination for me is reward for my constant work and motivates me more than ever, not only to continue to have faith, but to redouble my efforts to develop the hotel chain of my dreams. I am passionate about my profession and convinced of the exponential potential of the continent where my family has been established for four generations, today more than ever with this nomination Africa takes centre stage.

I am grateful to all those who have believed in me, and in particular to my teams, who I want to thank for understanding my vision and fighting alongside me every day to push boundaries.

I’d especially like to thank my family, Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse) and all the hospitality establishments I’ve worked in for the training, know-how and expertise I’ve acquired over the years. I carry a part of each of you with me, and this nomination is the fruit not only of my efforts, but also of all the people who have passed their knowledge on to me, from near or far.

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