Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Leonardo’s Faces – Jill Vermeulen

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The Leonardo Royal Hotel Den Haag Promenade is represented by both new and more experienced employees working together with passion as one team, to deliver great service and to depict the hotel’s values. In these monthly written pieces, there is a focus on their values and their approach to our international clients.

Who are the employees as an individual? Allow us to introduce you to introduce Jill Vermeulen

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Function: Food and Beverage Assistant Manager
  • Department: Food and Beverage

When did you start working at the Promenade Hotel?

I started working at the Promenade hotel in 2016 as a Front Office Trainee. I came back after my internship in Canada in 2017 and then started working in the F&B department. After one year, I got promoted to F&B Supervisor. In November 2019 I left the Promenade Hotel but I really missed it so I came back in November 2021 and I love to be back. Recently, per May 2022, I got promoted to Food and Beverage Assistant Manager.

What was your first impression of the Promenade Hotel?

My first impression was that it is a really good and big hotel with a lot of history. After the renovation that we finished last year, it is even more beautiful, and it has a great atmosphere to work.

What makes the Promenade Hotel suitable for welcoming people from all around the world?

It makes it suitable for guest all around the world because we have a lot of international associates and with LEO’S International Flavors everybody can feel like home and taste something authentic like back home.

What do you value most in the organization of diplomatic events at the Promenade Hotel?

What I value the most is the great appreciation that you get from the diplomatic events, all the diplomats together also make it a great way to learn new cultures and traditions.

What did you learn so far by working with diplomats? Some tips, rules or values to share?

What I learned so far is that the diplomatic world is not that formal as it seems. You can make a good conversation with the diplomats and they are open for it. Naturally, not all people are the same so you really need to see if you can have a conversation. Another value is if you work a lot with diplomats you get to know what you expect and what they want so you know whenever they have a diplomatic event you know what to do.

Which Food Festival has been your favorite so far or would you like to experience?

That is a difficult question because I worked so many Food Festivals throughout the years. But If I need to name a favorite than it will be Peru (that was my first Food Festival back in 2017) or Ecuador.

What local food(s), from abroad, have you tried already?

When we organize the Food Festivals I always try as much as possible so we know what to serve to the guest. Therefore, I tried a lot of foods from abroad so far!

What is your favorite drink or dish at LEO’s International Flavors?

My favorite drink from LEO’S is going to be the Ginneken Gin & Tonic, because I really like the strong flavors from that gin (which is made here in The Netherlands!) and has a long history that goes back to Willem van Oranje.  My favorite dish is the Beef Tataki from Japan or the Taco from Mexico because I really like the flavors and the combination in the dish that the kitchen did perfectly.

What sustainable development goal do you value most? Why this one?

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

I think it is important for everybody to have decent work and a good work place. And I think this is really important: achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value. That is why I chose this one.

What piece of good advice did you receive, and from whom, that you would like to forward?

I didn’t receive this advice from anyone but it is just something that I experienced myself. No matter how many people tell you that you can’t reach your goal, always believe in yourself if you really want something you can do it and prove those people wrong!

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