Trader Vic's Appoints General Manager
Located at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
General Manager, Trader Vic’s Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Born in the southeast of France, Nicolas grew up in the Netherlands and found his passion for hospitality helping out his mother in their family bakery. He graduated from International Hotel Management School NHTV in Breda and started his career as a Bar Manager working at notable events and food fairs in Paris. He has since amassed over fifteen years of experience in the hospitality industry, which he has brought to his role as General Manager, Trader Vic’s Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, covering different fields such as F&B, training and development and quality management.
Nicolas’s career took off aged 21 when he was awarded first place at the first Young Hotelier Summit at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland where he co-designed a new hospitality concept and was invited to Dubai to showcase his idea. After working in The Netherlands and France, he took a step to join Trader Vic’s Worldwide, USA in June 2014 where he was appointed Assistant Restaurant Manager. He was in the role for six months before relocating with the brand to the Middle East.
Joining Beach Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Nicolas was promoted to General Manager of Trader Vic’s where he worked on training and developing the new team. This led him to gain invaluable work experience and develop an understanding of operations in both front and back of house, as well as learning about the developing market in the Middle East region.
Since then, Nicolas has worked with the opening team of Trader Vic’s, Bangkok, Thailand taking on sole responsibility of taskforce, where he was tasked to realign the strategy and operations for this franchise, for both front and back of the house.
With a vast experience, drive and a thorough understanding of the brand, he started his new challenge in charge of opening the Trader Vic’s Hilton Dubai Jumeirah with great enthusiasm in October 2017, seven years after first having joined the Hilton family in Amsterdam.
“From new restaurant concepts to developing various existing dining experiences, there is always something new and exciting happening in Dubai. This Trader Vic’s is different to any other in the region and I look forward to working with the team as a collective to make the venue a success”, claims Nicolas.