Max’s star really rising behind bar

Jakeb WaddellBroome Advertiser
Australian Hotels Association Hospitality Awards for Excellence rising star winner Max Virgo, from Matso's Broome Brewery.
Camera IconAustralian Hotels Association Hospitality Awards for Excellence rising star winner Max Virgo, from Matso's Broome Brewery. Credit: Broome Advertiser/Picture: Jakeb Waddell, Jakeb Waddell.

Could this baby-faced Broome bartender be the best bloke in WA hospitality?

Matso’s Broome Brewery’s Max Virgo, 20, was named the rising star at the State’s Australian Hotels Association Hospitality Awards for Excellence recently.

He was praised for his above-and-beyond customer service as a waiter, drink server and duty manager at the eatery.

He beat competition from Perth and the regions after working at the venue for just over a year.

Mr Virgo said he never could have imagined his name would be called out as the winner at the Crown Towers gala evening last Monday, but he was over the moon to have taken it out.

“It is crazy, just being nominated and invited to something like that was cool enough, but winning was something else,” he said.

“I’m a pretty superstitious person so would not say I was confident I was going to win.

“I was just happy to be there.”

His job at the nationally renowned bar and restaurant certainly comes with its perks, with sport stars and celebrities Chris and Rebecca Judd, Matthew Pavlich, Brad Hogg, Brendan Fevola, Josh Kennedy, Elliot Yeo, Nathan Vardy and Will Schoefield among his long list of past customers.

But the humble hard worker said he got a kick out of knowing each day would hold something different.

“You serve everyone, from the stars to the locals you see all the time,” he said.

“It’s all about adapting to each person’s needs. No customer is ever the same.

“Working somewhere so well-known like Matso’s that is on so many people’s bucket lists means that you’re actually a part of their overall Broome experience.

“I enjoy that one-on-one type stuff with the customers and really enjoy it here.”

Mr Virgo said he planned to move to Perth early next year, but hoped to continue the food and beverage work.

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