Humans of Hospo: Kylie Javier Ashton

Discover Kylie Javier Ashton's hospitality journey in the first instalment of our Humans of Hospo series.

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Kylie is the General Manager of Sydney's Momofuku Seiōbo and is a perfect example of the success one can experience and continue to achieve in the hospitality industry. We've partnered with 5Why on this exciting new series to inspire successful hospitality careers. 


"I feel alive when I'm working in hospitality"


Born and raised in Sydney, Kylie has worked in the city's top restaurants including Tetsuya's and Bentley Restaurant & Bar. She was a part of the original Taste of Young Sydney team, and was recently awarded Restaurant Manager of the Year in the inaugural Women in Foodservice Awards 2017. She joined Momofuku Seiōbo in 2012.


"I was always taught that serving other people is the biggest privilege"


Along with providing insight into her career including what she studied at university and how she started in hospitality, learn how Kylie has achieved so much in the industry and why she's chosen a career in hospitality.

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Kylie's tips for a successful hospitality career

  • Do your homework. Think about what relates to you. If you don't feel comfortable and it's not who you are then it's not going to work out in the long run. 
  • Know your weakness. You have to understand where you need to improve on in order to strive to be better, especially in the hospitality industry where you are constantly challenged.
  • Provide excellent service. You can't provide good service until you experience good service. Take stock of what matters to you at a given restaurant or venue and aim to create that for your guests. 
  • Listen. Listening is the biggest part of hospitality, whether it's listening to your guests, listening to feedback from your manager, or listening to the communication between your team members, it's such a massive piece of what the hospitality industry is all about. If you don't listen, you're likely going to miss the mark completely.

Check out the full video here.


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About the author Carlyn Shaw

Drawing on 12 years of hospitality experience and coming from a Communications background, I am passionate about all things hospitality.


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