INFLASH Interview with Michal Zemlicka, Director of Food & Beverage, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort


You have been residing in Indonesia for quite a while now. What motivate you to build your career here in Bali?

First of all, it is a perfect climate for me here in Bali as I am not a big fan of cold weather and also, there are so many things to do in my spare time, whether it is a beach, massage, nature or an extensive offer of great restaurants and bars. Secondly, my company Marriott International has 18 properties only in Bali, so there are diverse opportunities for the career development with various brands from our portfolio.

What is your most memorable moment since you’ve been in Bali? Tell us about your experience.

There have been many things and it is quite difficult to pick the only one and the most memorable moment. But one of the most memorable moments is a visit of my friend from Switzerland with who I met last time 10 years ago when I used to study in Perth (Western Australia) and it is quite incredible that we got a chance to meet in Bali instead of Europe as we live quite close to each other. Also, my recent promotion will be certainly a situation to remember forever since I was unexpectedly visited by my Hotel and General Manager who announced these amazing news to me which showed an appreciation and recognition of my hard work.

What would be your ‘perfect day’?

I believe there is not a single day that would be prefect, particularly working in a hospitality since there are always unpredictable situations. However, I always take them positively as a great opportunity to learn for the future. Furthermore, I believe the life would be pretty boring if there would not be any challenges, obstacles and everything would be prefect.

Who has inspired you in life, and why? Personally, my parents as they always support my career and believe in me. In terms of studies, there were a few teachers whose inspiring statements I remember until now and since I started my career in the hospitality industry, I worked with several great leaders who helped me to get where I am currently now.

What is your most favorite Indonesian food? 

You have tasted many kinds of food around the globe. Which country do you think has the most excellent indigenous cuisine, and which one is the worst? Share a bit about your thought. In terms of Indonesian cuisine, it is pretty easy as I am very well known for Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Bakwan Jagung (Indonesian Corn Fritters) and also various types of crackers. Since the Indonesian cuisine is quite spicy, I have only a few dishes that I can enjoy. If I should select one of my favorite cuisines, it would be a Mediterranean one as I really like dishes such as pasta, pizza, risotto, tapas, various types of cheese, etc.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life or career?

I am sure that many of my friends and relatives would say to go alone and work around the world but in a very positive way. I got a chance to learn English, explore many different countries such as Australia, USA, Middle East, Europe and now Asia; discover new cultures and get to know many friends.

What do you for fun during your day-off?

Exploring new restaurants and bars, enjoying time on the beach, shopping and when I have days off, definitely traveling and discovering new destinations, which is one of may favorites.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Well, definitely to move within my career further to Hotel or even General Manager as 5 years is a very long time.

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