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Top Shelf Journal

Natalie Keon

Recruitment & Development Manager

I ended up in hospitality by accident, starting as a function waitress over 25 years ago when I was studying acting. I soon realised my passion lay with food and beverage and customer service, and hospitality became my life's work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else to make a living! 
 
I cut my teeth as an Assistant Manager for Rockpool Dining and was inspired by the training, passion for quality and mentorship provided. I formed lasting friendships that nourish me to this day. I vowed that I would endeavour to inspire a generation of future hospitality workers to embrace a service mentality, be proud of our profession and have a wonderful time doing it!
 
I have managed fine dining restaurants, pubs, cafes and worked extensively in events and event planning. I owned a fabulous cocktail bar called Mars Lounge for 6 years, and an intimate Italian restaurant, Vicini, in my home suburb of Annandale.
 
I am a proud and passionate Sydneysider, and I’ve been disheartened by the lack of transparency and Draconian regulations that the government has imposed on our beautiful and vibrant city. I am hoping this will change.
 
I am a massive fan of Sydney restaurants and try to eat out as much as I can afford! I have a huge love for wines, and cooking is my favourite way to relax.
 
After working on the floor for most of my career, I transitioned to a Recruitment, Development and Training role for Nosh. I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Top Shelf Recruitment team, and to continue to inspire a generation of hospitality professionals to reach for the stars.