THE RYDGES POST
Auditions have been happening the last few weeks at Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel… Well, technically they are ‘interviews’ but hiring the right staff to make a hotel work is like organising a major theatrical production. The hotel’s cast and crew is very similar. We have our director and producers – the General Manager, Sales & Marketing, Food & Beverage etc…
…Of course we have a few stars like the Executive Chef and cocktail whiz but just as important are their supporting cast who wait on tables and work the bar… the front-of-house at reservations have to be friendly, professional and efficient, working as one, like a chorus… and while a theatre has sound, lighting and makeup, a hotel has maintenance, plumbing and housekeeping… behind the scenes that sometimes don’t get really appreciated until something goes wrong and needs fixing quickly.
Key positions have started to be filled.
The Rooms Division Manager is Mieke Kramer. Mieke is no stranger to Rydges. She was an important part of the rebranding of Rydges Darwin and then moved to Rydges Parramatta. Mieke officially arrives in late March.
The Financial Controller is Stephen Owen. Stephen has held key positions at other Rydges properties, most recently at Rydges Camperdown. After a bit of annual leave R&R, Stephen takes up his position on March 18.
And a warm welcome to Executive Chef, Paul Gaspa. Arriving armed with an impressive resume and kitbag of culinary utensils Paul is already on board and working on the new menus. Prior to joining Rydges Sydney Airport, Paul was at Bistro 80 in Star City Casino.
It looks like the opening night curtain could go up a month earlier than planned the way the set taking shape… and one thing is for sure… everything will be alright on the night!