The winner Hans Fritz, General Manager of the Rome Cavalieri Hilton, was elected by the EHMA Management Council because of his remarkable professional profile and outstanding achievements in the hospitality industry. Using his special interest in gastronomy and art and his vast experience in the hospitality industry, Fritz is credited with having reversed the fortunes of the Rome Cavalieri Hilton. He worked for Hilton International since 1966 becoming the General Manager of the Rome Cavalieri in 1993. Fritz has always taken great interest in culinary arts and applied this to his hotel's "La Pergola" restaurant, employing a young, talented chef, Hans Beck, to revitalise the reataurant's menus with great success. "La Pergola" has two Michelin stars.