Michael Saxon is the General Manager of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang, one of Asia’s most prestigious and historic hotels. I had the privilege of meeting him and made the most of it to ask him loads of questions. I’ve already written about Michael’s thoughts on chefs in the limelight – now here’s what he had to say about the hotel.
Not Delia: The hotel has a long history of being one of the most luxurious in the region. Was it a daunting task to take over as GM? Perhaps it was just another exciting challenge?
I was delighted to be chosen as the General Manager of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel and I am still delighted. This hotel is like one big home so staying or working here is like being amongst family. There is no other hotel like the E&O, it’s a landmark that commands respect. It reminds me why I joined this business in the first place…it oozes style and class.
ND: Do you have any plans for new ventures for the hotel in the near future?
We will continue to grow and learn from our customers and continue to develop our very own style of personalised service.
ND: What advice would you give to anyone who would like to work at the E&O?
Jump at the chance as I guarantee that you will never work in a hotel like this for the rest of your working life.
ND: Is there anything else you’d like to say about your job?
No, only that I love it!
Thanks to Michael Saxon for agreeing to meet us and talk about his life and lots of cheffy things. There’s plenty more to come. Meanwhile, you can have a look at Mike’s blog: Chef’s Tales.
If you want to look at the E&O itself, to get a feel for the history of the place, then have a look at their own website.
Nice hotel, lovely GM, shame about the website.
It really is a great experience to stay at the E&O, and I’d recommend it to anyone who can afford it. We tend to stay across the road where it’s cheaper but we eat there at every opportunity – the buffet at Sarkies Corner is very good value.