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Jonathan Kleeman

Group Beverage Manager and Executive Head Sommelier at Story GroupStory Group

London, UK

Member Since September 2021


Food & Beverage
Restaurant Management


An esteemed professional in the hospitality industry, Jonathan has honed his expertise over an impressive 18-year career. His journey, filled with rich experiences, has included roles in renowned establishments such as the Ritz Hotel, Social Eating House, Four Degree, Orwells and others. Beyond his on-the-ground work, Jonathan has showcased his prowess by consulting for private and multinational companies and participating in prestigious wine competitions. Currently, Jonathan serves as the Group Beverage Manager and Executive Head Sommelier at the Story Group which encompasses highly acclaimed Restaurant Story in London, which boasts 2 Michelin Stars and 5 Rosettes, Dovetail in Mayfair, and Story Cellar in Covent Garden. Having completed the Court of Master Sommelier and ASI level 3 certifications, Jonathan's qualifications speak volumes about his proficiency. Beyond his hands-on industry involvement, he is a respected voice in the field and has been regularly featured in prominent media outlets such as Forbes, NewsWeek, The Times, and Refinery29 and others for his insightful views on hospitality trends and advancements. Always at the forefront of innovation, Jonathan maintains a keen interest in exploring and understanding the potential applications of blockchain technology within the hospitality sector.

Published content

Nine Steps You Can Take to Set Your Company Apart From the Competition

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Standing out isn’t just about having the best idea. In a world saturated by millions of businesses all claiming to have the perfect solution to whatever problem consumers have, trying to find ways to make your own business rise above the noise can seem like an impossible endeavor. However, even businesses with fierce competition can find ways of standing out — with the right strategy, of course. To truly get your business noticed and to amass a large following of devoted customers, you’ll need to think thoughtfully about your customers, their needs and what your business can provide that no other business can. To help get you started, nine business leaders from Rolling Stone Culture Council share their insights on differentiating your company from the competition and recommend a few steps you should remember to take to help ensure your success.

Leaders Are Navigators, Not Drivers


Understanding the bigger picture and the complexities of running a business or managing a team is key to long-term success.

Nine Ways These Industries Are Responding to the Push for Eco-Friendly Business Practices

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Industries are feeling the pressure to adapt to consumer demand for sustainable practices — and failing to keep up could mean losing market share. As consumer demand for eco-friendly and sustainable products and practices continues to rise, industries across the board are being forced to adapt and innovate. Companies that fail to keep up with this shift risk losing market share and falling behind the competition. As leaders in the culture space, the members of Rolling Stone Culture Council see how consumer demand for sustainability is affecting cultural industries and, here, discuss some of the innovations and changes that are on the horizon. By understanding the impact of sustainability on their industry, companies can position themselves for success in a rapidly evolving market.

11 Effective Strategies to Handle 'Quiet Quitting' in Your Workplace

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If you've spotted an employee who has "quiet quit" their job, it's not too late to turn things around. In today's fast-paced and competitive work environment, retaining employees has become increasingly challenging. One growing phenomenon that has added to this challenge is the concept of "quiet quitting" — employees who have disengaged from their work but are still physically present in the workplace. Companies often struggle to identify and address this issue, which can lead to decreased productivity, increased turnover and a negative work environment. Below, a panel of Rolling Stone Culture Council members offer some practical advice for reengaging and motivating employees who may be quietly quitting, along with strategies for preventing this phenomenon from happening in the first place.

What Is Next For Sustainability In The Drinks Industry?


The drinks industry is taking steps towards greater sustainability in packaging, with a variety of options emerging on the market.

How Blockchain Technology Is Changing the Face of Hospitality


Blockchain technology in the hospitality space keeps growing and evolving.

Company details

Story Group



Area of focus

Wine And Spirits

Company size

51 - 200