Our Staff

Jiro Newman

Jiro started his hospitality career in the early 1990’s as a waiter in a small suburban restaurant without any experience or skills. He then moved on to work in pubs and function venues.

His passion and energy for providing a superior dining experience to his guests led him to the Sofitel Melbourne in 2000. He first worked at Café La as a waiter and later that year also became a team member in the fine dining restaurant of the hotel, Le Restaurant.

He remained in Le Restaurant until taking a Supervisors’ position in Café La. Progression to Assistant Manager led to the role of an outlet Manager in 2004. Jiro was responsible for operations for three outlets under this title: Cafe La, Room Service and Minibar. 

Towards the later part of this time, Jiro started his transition to the teaching sector by working as a sessional hospitality teacher for Melbourne Polytechnic. He later received a more permanent status, completed his formal teaching qualifications. He was also heavily involved in the restaurant and conference centre operations, coordinating the operations for speciality events and conferences, which allowed exposure over all of Melbourne Polytechnic's campuses.

This year Jiro has been working in the area of workplace training and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) where he has been conducting the training and assessment of trainees in their place of work.

Job Title

Hospitality Teacher, Workplace Trainer and Assessor