Koby Gutman Newsletter Rick Fink

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, October 2021, Creative Corner

IIMBCreative Corner

Featuring Butlers who Apply their Creative Talents to their Art and their Profession








Rick Fink


The Golden Retriever puppy is from a litter of nine raised by a friend who breeds them. The painting is based on a photograph. 

Mr. Rick Fink has been in the butler profession for over six decades, is the principal of the Butler Valet School in England, and a venerable member of the International Butler Trainer Alliance. He started painting four years ago and before that, when he was in his 20‘s—the time in between he was too busy butling to paint!

Kobi Gutman


Here is a new art form that Mr. Gutman is now exploring as a way of wow’ing guests—gelatin art.

According to Mr. Gutman, the procedure starts with gelatin being prepared in a bowl and then, using a syringe, a colored gelatin is injected into it to create a three-dimensional design.

“Specially shaped needles are used to create the effect
of feathers, petals, etc.

“Once done, the gelatin is removed from the bowl and the image is looked at from the other side, which is a bit tricky as the image is actually being “drawn” from the back side.

“This specific image was made for a cake top that was made by our Executive Chef.

“This side view makes it easy to see the three-dimensional effect.

“I am finding this type of art offers such a great variety of possible creations, it is very aesthetic, and definitely creates a lovely effect on the guests.”

Mr. Kobi Gutman is one of  the most accomplished hotel butlers in the world, currently working as the head butler at a private resort in Florida; he can be reached via the Institute.

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.