MAITRE’D TO THE STARS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

WITH the likes of Oprah Win­frey, Drake, Ser­ena Wil­liams, Robert De Niro and One Di­rec­tion com­ing through the doors, be­ing the maitre’d at one of Perth’s top restau­rants can be a stress­ful job.

Not just a waiter, De­clhan Lee has be­come the go-to guy when celebri­ties visit Crown Perth’s Nobu, or­gan­is­ing se­cu­rity place­ment both in­side and out­side the restau­rant, and de­cid­ing where the celebrity will en­ter and exit, on top of the usual food and ser­vice de­ci­sions.

“I’ve dealt with se­cu­rity from mul­ti­ple celebri­ties and they al­ways seem to ask if they can drive a car into the ho­tel lobby in an emer­gency,” he said.

“Aside from all this, most of these guys are re­ally down-to-earth, su­per nice and al­ways po­lite.”

The Notre Dame mar­ket­ing and pub­lic relations grad­u­ate takes his new de­gree, his job ex­pe­ri­ence and his love of food to Ja­pan in March to start a mas­ters de­gree and con­tinue his work for Nobu re­motely.

Dur­ing a four-week in­tern­ship last year at the restau­rant’s Tokyo base as part of his de­gree, Mr Lee helped to cre­ate a new e-com­merce ven­ture, some­thing he said he was look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing while also adding other qual­i­fi­ca­tions to his re­sume.

“I will con­tinue this work along with other mar­ket­ing and PR op­por­tu­ni­ties in or­der to help fa­cil­i­tate the mas­sive pace at which the brand is grow­ing,” he said.

“I’m al­ways try­ing to add qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences to my re­sume. My ad­vice would be to al­ways seek to learn no mat­ter how old you are and no mat­ter what your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is, you can al­ways make time to learn some­thing new.”

De­clhan Lee has waited on the stars.

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