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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

Corporate Waitstaff | Various Events

2 days ago

Have the opportunity to work at various corporate events around Sydney. If you enjoy serving in high-end and polished venues with flexible working hours, this could be your next challenge. As a passionate hospitality all-rounder, you are customer-focused and thrive working in a fast-paced environment. Previous experience in a corporate environment is a strong foundation for this role, and à la ...

Job Location: Sydney
Job Salary: N/A
Job Ref: CES

Guest Relations Manager, Reception | Sydney CBD

3 days ago

Our client is in search of an experienced People Manager to join their Global Workforce Solutions division based in Sydney. Our client is looking for a polished and strong people-leader with previous experience managing large teams with superior attention to detail and the ability to manage a busy workload. Genuine commitment to client service excellence is a To be successful in this position m...

Job Location: Sydney
Job Salary: $93 k plus super
Job Ref: GRM

Bar Manager | Big Poppas | Sydney

4 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

AV Guest Relations Manager, Function and Events | CBD

5 days ago

Our client is in search of a strong individual to help support the day to day operational functions within the Audio Visual (AV) requirements across their Sydney campus, to ensure all technical aspects are coordinated and seamless client experience is delivered. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Functions and Events and collaborating with the Guest Relations and Technology team, the AV Guest R...

Job Location: Sydney CBD
Job Salary: $85 - $95k base
Job Ref: MAVGRM