Hamilton Princess & Beach Club today announces the appointment of Shawn Lekki, a Bermudian, to a senior role at the hotel.
Shawn Lekki has been appointed as the Director of Food & Beverage, an essential role at the hotel which epitomises hospitality, and a member of the executive team. In this role, he will lead the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the hotel’s dining outlets, bars and events. This marks a promotion for Mr Lekki from his role as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage.
With more than 25 years of experience in managing all facets of food and beverage operations, Mr Lekki has been with the hotel since 2014 and with Fairmont since 2002, where he has worked his way steadily up the ranks from Assistant Banquets Maître’ D to Beverage Manager to Maître’ D, making a name for himself in the local hospitality industry. Prior to his time with the hotel group, he was the Manager and Owner of Sunsets Bar and Restaurant at Ocean View Golf Course from 1996-98 and the Manager of Club 40 from 1998 until 2003.
During his time with the Hamilton Princess, Mr Lekki undertook a cross training course at a sister hotel, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – an AAA Five Diamond Fairmont property – in 2019. This month long programme saw him experience first-hand the Food & Beverage operations at the larger hotel and covered budgets, day-to-day culinary and stewarding operations, marketing vision and restaurant sales tactics and much more.
Mr Lekki attended Shippensburg University’s Penn State Co-op Program in Pennsylvania from 1990-1993, where he majored in Applied Physics, before completing his post graduate year at Kent’s Hill in Maine, USA. In 2012, he received a Cornell University Certificate for Food Service Management.
Tim Morrison, General Manager of Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, said: “I am delighted to be able to share the news that we have promoted Shawn Lekki to this pivotal role in leading our Food and Beverage team.
“Shawn is a consummate hospitality professional with decades of experience in Bermuda’s bar and restaurant industry. His dedication to providing fresh and fun experiences to our diners, whether they are guests or locals, is his hallmark and he has made a tremendous impression on our team and hotel guests. We look forward to his next chapter with us and we know he will play an integral part in making it a memorable one.
Shawn Lekki, Director of Food & Beverage at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, said: “I am incredibly pleased to have been appointed to the role of Director of Food & Beverage at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. I and our Food Beverage team have dedicated ourselves over the years to ensuring an extremely high calibre of offerings, creating experiences that our guests will treasure, and I am thrilled that this has been recognised.
“Good food and drink is at the heart of hospitality and I believe that the hotel is the pinnacle of Bermuda’s hospitality, with service that is unparalleled, and I am honoured to be leading such a wonderful team.”