Geert Vermeulen

Food & Bev­er­age Di­rec­tor at Maya Re­sorts

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: De­scribe your typ­i­cal day in a sen­tence.

Geert: Ev­ery day is a new day, start­ing with a cup of cof­fee and driv­ing my mo­tor­cy­cle to Maya Ubud, prepar­ing the morn­ing brief­ing, work­ing on any task that needs to be fixed, find­ing new cre­ativ­ity and mak­ing sure that the staff are learn­ing and hav­ing a great day at work.

: So how did you come to be the F&B Di­rec­tor at Maya Re­sorts?

G: I had been an ex­ec­u­tive chef for a long time and wanted to take a more se­nior po­si­tion, so when a head hunter con­tacted me and of­fered me this op­por­tu­nity, I de­cided now was a good time to go for it.

: What’s the tough­est part of your job?

G: Al­ways hav­ing to achieve my work be­fore I go home, so when I get home I feel that I have had a good, pro­gres­sive day.

: And what makes you smile at work?

G: Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the staff so that I can get to know them bet­ter.

: What mo­ti­vates you?

G: Work­ing with my team, lis­ten­ing to their sto­ries, con­tribut­ing to their lives, find­ing new dishes for the menus, new dec­o­ra­tions and mak­ing sure the guests are sat­is­fied and happy dur­ing their stay.

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

G: Of course not, I have a great work­ing en­vi­ron­ment here. My job is to sup­port the staff and make things hap­pen.

: Who in your team de­serves more recog­ni­tion and why? G: We work to­gether, ev­ery sin­gle mem­ber of our team de­serves more recog­ni­tion.

: Why should peo­ple choose to dine at Maya Ubud?

G: Maya Sari is our sig­na­ture restau­rant and has both in­door din­ing and al­fresco ser­vice on the ter­race from break­fast through to din­ner. The sump­tu­ous sun­rise buf­fet is en­hanced by the clas­sic misty Ba­li­nese morn­ings as you look out to­wards the river val­ley. Din­ner evokes a touch of ca­sual elegance with in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal fa­vorites from an à la carte se­lec­tion.

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

G: I like to dis­cover new places to eat and there are so many to choose from here in Bali, but my ab­so­lute favourite is still to buy my own pro­duce and to en­joy a Sun­day spent cook­ing.

: How do you un­wind?

G: On my days off, I spend time with my kids, trav­el­ling, dis­cov­er­ing new things and play­ing sports.

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

G: Hos­pi­tal­ity is an in­dus­try that is grow­ing all the time and will al­ways wel­come those who want to learn and have a pas­sion for it.

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