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Michael Kaye


Website:Talking Drum

Total years spent within the industry?
6 years

What do you most enjoy about this industry?
My mentor once said to me, that restaurants are not just about food, it is creating a place in the community where people come together. This is what I love about hospitality, and why I wanted to get involved. I wanted to create a place that people felt comfortable, safe and in some way connected to our identify. A restaurants is a nucleus of connections, and becomes part of the fabric of many personal stories including proposals and birthdays. It is for this reason the name of the restaurant is super powerful, as it is a part of me. A talking drum is a west African drum, each having a different pitch, and was used to communicate from village to village and during slavery.

Single most important piece of advice given to you?
If you stop learning you start dying.

What advice would offer to your younger self?
Start sooner, people often take so long to start something, over thinking or under calculating. Just do it..

Last book you read, or documentary watched?
Not a documentary, but possibly as powerful 'House of cards' on Netflix. It is a slow burner, but if you want to understand strategic positioning in life, this show tells you everything you need to know. It makes you reframe your mindset on how you achieve your goals in life.

Three dinner guests of your choice?
Kevin spacey, Curtis '50 cent' Jackson, and Kat Williams.

Finish the sentence, the future in hospitality is……..?
Is most certainly the expansion of the Talking Drum concept.


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