General Manager and Owner of Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant in Launceston, Tasmania, Jeremy Kode, was on campus recently to speak to students.
Graduate of the class of ’07, restaurateur Jeremy Kode, flew into Adelaide on 23 August to share his rich and varied experiences. He is true to his word, ‘to embrace every opportunity that comes your way’.
At ICHM from 2007–2010, his first industry placement was with the Food & Beverage team at Couran Cove Island Resort on South Stradbroke Island, Queensland.
A language placement in Spain was in lieu of a second placement, and his final placement (for a year) was at the 750-room Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai during the World Expo in 2010. He was then offered the position of Assistant Sales Manager with an international portfolio.
He went on to work with Food & Beverage consulting company, David Laris Creates, where he rapidly moved from Operations Manager to General Manager, overseeing four restaurants and offsite catering for celebrities, law firms and global brands, such as Chanel.
He then took up the opportunity to join the InterContinental Hotel Group, responsible for rejuvenating the cocktail lounge bar on the 30th floor if the Indigo Hotel in Shanghai. Work included a bar re-design, creating new beverage menus and leading a team that looked after up to 650 guests a night.
Jeremy returned to the town he grew up in, Launceston, in November 2014 to open Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant, a sleek and contemporary European-style venue. Eighteen months (and a lot of hard work) later and expansion is already on the horizon.
His advice to students: 'Absorb everything because you never know what, when or where but, if you’re anything like me, you will need it'. He also stressed the importance, from a leadership and management perspective, of respecting employees at every level.