Director of Beverage & Food
at W Bali – Seminyak
E: What are your responsibilities?
Philipp: Taking care of all beverage and food venues here at W Bali – Seminyak and ensuring we always deliver memorable service, along with what’s new or what’s next to our guests.
E: What makes a typical day?
P: My day usually starts at 7.30am with a walk through the venues and a quick breakfast, followed by the first meeting of the day at 8.30am. This part never really changes, but what comes next is different every day. Meeting guests, meeting suppliers, going through financials, planning new events, attending service role plays with my team and so on. Also the times I finish are very flexible and depend completely on the business and events we have.
E: Your best attribute?
P: Never stop, never settle. Always try to be better than before.
E: Team player or team leader?
P: Both. Leading the team and guiding them, so we all move in the same direction is obviously my main job, however as I started in the industry as a waiter I always enjoy busy days where I just work with the team on the floor and help them wherever I can.
E: Who has been the most influential figure in your career to date?
P: My first general manager in a small hotel in Germany where I did my apprenticeship. He guided me in the right direction and we are still in contact today.
E: Name one really special thing about your hotel?
P: The W spirit our Talents bring to life every day. From the security at the entrance through the entire hotel you can feel that everyone strives to deliver a special experience to our guests. Also, the design narratives of the property are a modern twist on Balinese culture that differentiate us from others.
E: How do you unwind?
P: With sport. I am not good at just relaxing for a whole day.
E: Dead or alive, who would you like to take out to dinner?
P: There are many amazing people out there who I would love to have a conversation with, but if I have to choose one right now, Will Smith for a fun night out.
W Bali – Seminyak
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
Bali 80361, Indonesia
T: (+62) 3614738106
Exquisite Taste December 2019 – February 2020