EDDY SAR­TON

City Weekend - - Community -  Mina Yan

It’s a story of love brought to­gether by fate. 15 years ago in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia young Eddy Sar­ton walked into a fam­ily-owned Korean mar­ket look­ing for a very spe­cific gin­seng tea. It was sheer fate that brought him into the shop. The then yoga en­thu­si­ast was look­ing for a de­tox tea, but lit­tle did he know, he’d walk out of there with the next chap­ter of his life. It was there that he met Judy, the woman who would later be­come his wife and the mother of his two daugh­ters (ages 9 and 5).

Not think­ing much of the dash­ing 6.4 ft tall Eddy at first and brush­ing him off to be a hip­ster chas­ing the lat­est cool trend, Judy didn’t pay much at­ten­tion to him. But fate in­ter­vened in the form of Judy’s mother. She was the one who stepped in and de­cided to help Eddy look for this must-have tea that he had been search­ing for. And, one thing led to another, the two ended up dat­ing and even­tu­ally mar­ried.

To­day, Eddy is the General Man­ager of the New World Beijing Ho­tel and lives here with his fam­ily.

Hos­pi­tal­ity isn’t new to this Aussie. Grow­ing up, he’s helped his fam­ily host par­ties at their house for neigh­bors and friends. It was some­thing he grew up with and some­thing that he was al­ways pas­sion­ate about. Eddy proudly shows off his hand and the first burn he ever re­ceived from at­tempt­ing to make a cap­puc­cino with their fancy cof­fee ma­chine at the young age of nine. Though he’s never re­ceived any for­mal train­ing in the kitchen it’s safe to say that the hands-on train­ing that he’s been re­ceiv­ing all his life is more valu­able than any­thing that can be learned in a class­room.

Hav­ing grown up in an in­ter­na­tional fam­ily, Eddy was no stranger to trav­el­ing. He was for­tu­nate enough to have great par­ents who trav­elled a lot with the fam­ily. Af­ter high school, he took a year off to travel all around the world, a de­ci­sion that let him to truly dis­cover him­self. Still, Eddy’s al­ways had a soft spot for life in Asia.

Upon re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne, Eddy be­gan his ca­reer in hos­pi­tal­ity at the Grand Hy­att in Mel­bourne at the age of 19 as the Ban­quet House­man in the events depart­ment, a de­ci­sion that would later lead him half-way across the world to where he is to­day. Look­ing back, it was a hum­bling and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in his ca­reer. As one of the busiest ho­tels in Mel­bourne, it pro­vided Eddy with a tremen­dous amount of hands-on train­ing in the in­dus­try. To­day, that ex­pe­ri­ence trans­lates to a strong F&B team at New World Beijing Ho­tel.

It’s taken Eddy a few years to prove him­self but his hard work has paid off. New World Beijing Ho­tel is about to cel­e­brate its fourth an­niver­sary this com­ing Novem­ber and the ho­tel con­tin­ues to boast a high oc­cu­pancy through­out the year.

“Ev­ery­thing should move quickly but in the process, some things should move slow. I don’t rush things. I would rather have fewer events but very well-planned ones in­stead of illthought out ones,” says Eddy. Like his re­served char­ac­ter, his ho­tel also doesn’t rush into pur­su­ing the next trend of the mo­ment. He knows his mar­ket, his cus­tomers, and most im­por­tant, is con­fi­dent in the ideas that the ho­tel pro­duces. Not only will New World Beijing Ho­tel’s restau­rants soon be al­ways on the tip of everyone’s tongue, they will also be pro­duc­ing great prod­ucts with un­for­get­table mem­o­ries year af­ter year.

As we con­tin­ued to sip our wine, the sun sets over Yin on 12 and we watch as one af­ter another, guests take out their phones to cap­ture the mes­mer­iz­ing Beijing sun­set and its sil­hou­ette of the CBD. New World gives guests a dif­fer­ent view of the Beijing sun­set. No CCTV un­der­pants, no Yin­tai. Just a blend of moun­tains in the dis­tance and the CBD build­ings against the sun­set. Eddy ex­plains that New World Ho­tel is a pop­u­lar venue for out­door wed­dings, prod­uct launches, and ex­clu­sive par­ties. He couldn’t have been more right. Yin on 12 and the pa­tio of the Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge of­fer those who want pri­vacy an un­for­get­table set­ting in an un­for­get­table venue.

The de­mand­ing life of a hote­lier can leave one stressed and with lit­tle time for one­self. As an avid swim­mer, Eddy makes sure he takes time out of his day to spend some alone time in the pool for a few laps and to keep his body and mind in bal­ance with a bit of yoga. But, the lov­ing fa­ther of two is first and fore­most, a fam­ily man and there’s noth­ing that can com­pare.

HOS­PI­TAL­ITY ISN’T NEW TO THIS AUSSIE. IT WAS SOME­THING HE GREW UP WITH

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