An­dreas Bergel

Direc­tor of Bev­er­age & Food at W Bali – Seminyak

Exquisite Taste - - Behind the Scenes - (www.wbaliseminyak.com)

: De­scribe your typ­i­cal day in a sen­tence.

An­dreas: Imag­ine be­ing on a speed­ing train with a cool de­sign and go­ing through its com­part­ments filled with cre­ativ­ity, fun, food and drinks, and a lot of sur­prises!

: So how did you come to be direc­tor of Bev­er­age & Food at W Bali – Seminyak?

A: I guess like how most of the best things hap­pen: right time, right place! I was spend­ing a good amount of time in Dubai be­fore I came to the is­land.

: What’s the tough­est part of your job?

A: Go­ing home with the be­lief the job is done when it’s never ac­tu­ally ever done. I know I am not alone with that feel­ing.

: And what makes you smile at work?

A: Hey, I work in the most ex­cit­ing place I can think of with a bunch of amaz­ing char­ac­ters and have end­less pas­sion for it all.

: What mo­ti­vates you?

A: It may sound cheesy but I made my hobby my job. Work­ing in teams with peo­ple from many dif­fer­ent na­tions, cul­tures, ed­u­ca­tions and hear­ing all their sto­ries is al­ready amaz­ing, but be­ing able to learn and con­trib­ute to their life and fu­ture, that’s my fuel.

: Would things fall apart if you weren’t around?

A: In my ex­pe­ri­ence, it doesn’t fall apart at all, it can get even bet­ter as they want to show off a lit­tle or make me stay away longer!

: Who in your team de­serves more recog­ni­tion and why?

A: The new­bies. I al­ways think about how I feel when I start new some­where not know­ing any­one, but I have a buddy to look af­ter me. The right ac­knowl­edg­ment, credit and train­ing also en­sure that they might take my job one day.

: Why should peo­ple choose W Bali – Seminyak to dine or drink?

A: I have at least 92 rea­sons! But the best is that you can lit­er­ally spend all day and night here and you don’t even have to stay with us. From break­fast at the beach loung­ing lazily by the pool, to lunch in a wine cel­lar and a seafood BBQ for dinner, fin­ish­ing with late night par­ties and shisha.

: Away from work, what’s your favourite place to eat?

A: I am glad to have many friends work­ing in the F&B in­dus­try here in Seminyak and I am happy to trial their new dishes as I eas­ily get bored.

: How do you un­wind?

A: On a flight to ex­plore new spots in In­done­sia (where there is no mo­bile phone net­work!)

: Fi­nally, any ad­vice for those look­ing to break into the in­dus­try?

A: Noth­ing is easy, es­pe­cially hos­pi­tal­ity. Be as­sured that your fam­ily is aware that you can’t at­tend all fes­tive oc­ca­sions, that your mis­tress will al­ways be your mo­bile phone, and quit as soon as you think that you do it for the money.

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