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Konstantin Elser Appointed Executive Chef
at the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (August 20) --- Executive Chef Konstantin Elser’s timing in joining the team at Mövenpick Hotel Saigon could hardly be better suited to his creative instincts – and vice versa: The hotel recently undertook a phased but comprehensive renovation, including refurbishment of all its dining facilities and their menus.
 
Having begun his culinary career at age 16, Elser’s youth belies a depth of expertise built on far-flung adventures in sophisticated cooking and menu planning. It began with a solid foundation in traditional German cuisine in his native country. 
 
He refined his skills at the Mövenpick Hotel Zurich Airport, followed by a stint at the Intercontinental Hyde Park in London. Elser expanded his repertoire during a world cruise on board the MV Europa, and further burnished his reputation by becoming one of the youngest executive chefs in Thailand. 
 
“Konstantin’s passion and enthusiasm would be desirable in any setting,” noted Dominik Stamm, general manager of the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon. “But the opportunity to really remake our dining options makes him the perfect man for the job.” 
 
The Mövenpick Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City’s newest 5-star hotel, is currently renovating Nishimura, its renowned Japanese restaurant. Dining facilities to follow in the renovation process include Café Saigon, the all-day dining and buffet restaurant; the Lotus Court Chinese restaurant, famous citywide for its Dim Sum and Cantonese cuisine; and OJ’s Café lounge and take-away. Mulligan’s, the pub and casual dining area adjacent to the lobby, will also receive a substantial makeover. 
 
“Some chefs wait an entire career to get the chance to influence the character of any food-and-beverage operation,” said Elser, “let alone one that’s already established and well-respected. So this is an exciting prospect, as well as a big responsibility.”
 
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with 12,000 employees, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The international hotel group with roots in Switzerland is expanding and has a stated objective of increasing its hotel portfolio to 100 by the year 2010. With two hotel types, business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has clearly positioned itself in the 4 and 5-star segment. The hotel group stands for uncompromising product and service quality and is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).
 
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with 12,000 employees, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The international hotel group with roots in Switzerland is expanding and has a stated objective of increasing its hotel portfolio to 100 by the year 2010. With two hotel types, business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has clearly positioned itself in the 4 and 5-star segment. The hotel group stands for uncompromising product and service quality and is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).
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Contact:

Tom Harack
(+84) 0125 507 0880
tharack@mandarinmedia.net

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Also See: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Takes Over Management of the Former Omni Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City; The Site Was Headquarters of America’s Central Intelligence Agency During the Vietnam War / July 2008
Dominik Stamm Named General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / February 2009
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