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Natalie Keon

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Natalie Keon

Recruitment & Staffing Manager

I ended up in hospitality by accident, starting as a function waitress over 25 years ago when I was studying acting. I soon realised my passion lay with food and beverage and customer service, and hospitality became my life's work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else to make a living! 
 
I cut my teeth as an Assistant Manager for Rockpool Dining and was inspired by the training, passion for quality and mentorship provided. I formed lasting friendships that nourish me to this day. I vowed that I would endeavour to inspire a generation of future hospitality workers to embrace a service mentality, be proud of our profession and have a wonderful time doing it!
 
I have managed fine dining restaurants, pubs, cafes and worked extensively in events and event planning. I owned a fabulous cocktail bar called Mars Lounge for 6 years, and an intimate Italian restaurant, Vicini, in my home suburb of Ananndale.
 
I am a proud and passionate Sydneysider, and I’ve been disheartened by the lack of transparency and Draconian regulations that the government has imposed on our beautiful and vibrant city. I am hoping this will change.
 
I am a massive fan of Sydney restaurants and try to eat out as much as I can afford! I have a huge love for wines, and cooking is my favourite way to relax.
 
After working on the floor for most of my career, I transitioned to a Recruitment, Development and Training role for Nosh. I am incredibly excited to be a part of the BENCHMARQUE team, and to continue to inspire a generation of hospitality professionals to reach for the stars.

Natalie's latest roles

Bar Manager | Big Poppas | Sydney

7 days ago

In order to be successful for this role, you will need to be innovative and have exceptional communication skills to further develop and promote the beverage program at this established venue. Responsibilities: Manage the business aspects of the bar (bookings/ event enquiries, liquor licensing, negotiating supplier contracts, taking and restocking inventory, managing budgets and setting targets...

Job Location: Sydney, Australia
Job Salary: Full Time
Job Ref: 2981911