Diky Lingga Wisnu

Exquisite Taste - - Behind the Scenes - Direc­tor of Food & Bev­er­age at The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta (www.the-dhar­mawangsa.com)

: De­scribe your typ­i­cal day in a sen­tence.

Diky: I start with an early morn­ing meet­ing with my team be­fore check­ing our restau­rants. I like speak­ing to the guests at our out­lets to get their feed­back on their din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and how we can serve them bet­ter.

: So how did you come to be the F&B direc­tor for The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta?

D: I started as a ban­quet house­man at Hil­ton Jakarta be­fore join­ing the Four Sea­sons group and work­ing in Jakarta, Riyadh, Sin­ga­pore and Sey­chelles. Pre­vi­ously, I worked at The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta from 2012 to 2014. I had stints at two five-star hotels in Jakarta be­fore re­turn­ing here in early 2017 as the F&B direc­tor. You can say it’s a home­com­ing of sorts!

: What’s the tough­est part of your job?

D: Per­son­ally, I think the hard­est part is to con­tin­u­ally achieve and main­tain the high­est stan­dards ex­pected of The Dhar­mawangsa. For that, I am for­tu­nate that we have a ca­pa­ble team at The Dhar­mawangsa.

: And what makes you smile at work?

D: When the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion by our team is ac­knowl­edged by the guests.

: What mo­ti­vates you?

D: My fam­ily is my main mo­ti­va­tion. It goes with­out say­ing my amaz­ing col­leagues too.

: Would things fall apart if you weren’t around? D: Ab­so­lutely not, we have so many tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als in our team that are ex­pe­ri­enced and well-trained. My job is to help fa­cil­i­tate them to serve our guests bet­ter; if I’m not around I trust them take charge and run things smoothly.

: Who, in your team, de­serves more recog­ni­tion and why? D: Each and ev­ery mem­ber of our team de­serves recog­ni­tion, from the back of­fice to the front desk. We rely on each other and any suc­cess is a team achieve­ment.

: Why should peo­ple choose The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta to dine?

D: Be­sides The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta’s unique am­bi­ence and charm­ing In­done­sian dé­cor, guests come for our tal­ented Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Felix Bud­is­e­ti­awan’s de­light­ful culi­nary cre­ations made from hand­picked ar­ti­san in­gre­di­ents.

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

D: I love In­done­sian food. How­ever, my teenage daugh­ter al­ways drags me to new and hap­pen­ing restau­rants in Jakarta, which is good since I can keep my­self up to date on the lat­est trends in the in­dus­try.

: How do you un­wind?

D: I’m a sim­ple fam­ily man. I love spend­ing time with my fam­ily and watch­ing my favourite shows.

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

D: Hos­pi­tal­ity is a grow­ing in­dus­try and we al­ways wel­come those with a pas­sion for the in­dus­try and the ded­i­ca­tion to com­mit 110 per­cent.

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