Oprah, Drake, Serena, Bob, One Direction all in a day’s work for Crown Perth’s Nobu maitre d’


Declhan Lee
Declhan Lee

WITH the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Serena Williams, Robert De Niro and One Direction coming through the doors, being the maitre d’ at one of Perth’s top restaurants can be a stressful job.

Not just a waiter, Declhan Lee has become the go-to guy when celebrities visit Crown Perth’s Nobu, organising security placement both inside and outside the restaurant and deciding where the celebrity will enter and exit, on top of the usual food and service decisions.

“I’ve dealt with security from multiple celebrities and they always seem to ask if they can drive a car into the hotel lobby in an emergency,” he said.

“Aside from all this, most of these guys are really down-to-earth, super nice and always polite.”

The University of Notre Dame marketing and public relations graduate will be taking his new degree, his job experience and his love of food to Japan in March to start a masters degree and continue his work for Nobu remotely.

During a four-week internship last year at the restaurant’s Tokyo base as part of his degree, Mr Lee helped to create a new e-commerce venture, something he said he was looking forward to continuing while also adding other qualifications to his resume.

“I will continue this work, along with other marketing and PR opportunities, in order to help facilitate the massive pace at which the brand is growing,” he said.

“I’m always trying to add qualifications and experiences to my resume to better my chances in any career situation I may find myself in the future.

“My advice would be to always seek to learn, no matter how old you are and no matter what your current situation is; you can always make time to learn something new.”