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Hilton Orlando Appoints Thierry Meissonnier as Executive Chef,
Supervising Six Dining Outlets
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Orlando, Fla. – August 20, 2009 – Hilton Orlando today appointed Thierry Meissonnier as executive chef.  Chef Meissonnier is responsible for supervising a culinary staff of 65 individuals responsible for food production in the hotel’s six dining outlets, catering, banquets, meetings and in-room dining.  Culinary offerings will reflect the most contemporary trends of fresh, local produce, nutritional options for adults and children, and sustainable and organic choices. 
 
“Chef Meissonnier’s extensive culinary background and experience make him an important member of the hotel’s leadership team.  In this maturing city, we are seeking to redefine the concept of cuisine in a meeting-oriented hotel,” said Hilton Orlando General Manager Doug Gehret. “His point of view on locally grown, culturally diverse cuisine will help define Orlando’s culinary conversion and is crucial to the successful launch of the Hilton Orlando.”

Having practiced the culinary arts on four continents, Chef Meissonnier brings a vibrant cuisine with a wide range of influences to Hilton Orlando.  Meissonnier most recently worked as executive chef of the Hilton Chicago, leading 90 cooks and 10 sous chefs who were responsible for food preparation in all of the hotels restaurants, lounges and banquets. 

With Hilton since 1984, Meissonnier joined as sous chef of the Hilton International in Tel Aviv and also worked as executive chef of the Hilton International Singapore. Meissonnier worked his way across the Atlantic to serve in the same post at the Hilton International Guam, the Hilton Los Angeles and the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort.  All of these experiences will contribute to and inform the culinary perspective he brings to Hilton Orlando.

Meissonnier began his career in Europe, where he worked at the prestigious Beau Rivage in Geneva and the Hotel de Paris in Monaco. He then moved to Africa, employed in culinary positions of increasing responsibility in Benin and the Ivory Coast. Born in Paris, he graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière in Soissons, France, where he studied the culinary arts.

Scheduled to open in September, the Hilton Orlando is a smart choice for today’s business and leisure travelers, offering world-class facilities and amenities for both.  With a renewed focus on making responsible business choices, companies and organizations strive to make smart decisions when choosing both a hotel and destination for their meetings and conventions. Today’s environment encourages a more serious, business-focused setting, yet the need to have fun and relax remains strong for reasons of health, productivity, and well being. 

Designed with these important factors in mind, the Hilton Orlando features a discreet separation between 175,000 square feet of meeting space facilities and its recreational amenities, allowing each type of guest to experience the stay that meets their unique expectations.  The new Hilton Orlando will also be the first hotel to provide a covered open-air walkway to the Orange County Convention Center.

The Hilton Orlando offers seven culinary options, including in-room dining, Tropics Pool Bar & Grill, The Marketplace, the Lobby Lounge, and featuring:  

  • Spencer’s: A casual, contemporary restaurant will set the new standard for steaks and chops in Orlando. Celebrate life with the perfect steak served in style and choose from an extensive and unmatched wine list with world-class selections.  Spencer’s will feature a private dining room, wine room, open-display kitchen, private bar and outdoor terrace overlooking resort amenities.  
  • David’s Club Bar & Grill: An upscale social entertainment environment, David's Club will feature the finest wines and spirits and a fresh and creative menu. Pool tables, LCD televisions, large overstuffed chairs make this a perfect setting for special events.  David's Club will be open for dinner. 
  • The Bistro: A casual dining restaurant will feature Hilton's Eat Right menu, an outdoor veranda with a fire pit and beautiful views with access to the resort area.  The Bistro will be open for breakfast and lunch.
Located on Destination Parkway at the crossroads of I-4, the Beach Line and International Drive, Hilton Orlando is in the heart of Orlando’s famous attractions area and just minutes away from Pointe Orlando, Sea World Orlando, Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World and a 15-minute drive to the Orlando International Airport.  For more information, visit www.thehiltonorlando.com.

About Hilton Orlando
The Hilton Orlando will feature 1,400 well-appointed guestrooms, including 53 suites. The more than 175,000 square feet of function space will include a 50,000-square-foot Orlando Ballroom, a 30,000-square-foot Orange Ballroom, a 15,000-square-foot Florida Ballroom, 21 meeting rooms and 9 boardrooms. The property will include seven creative dining options including Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, David’s Club bar and grill, and a marketplace. Onsite recreational amenities will include a resort pool, quiet pool, whirlpools, cabanas, lazy river, 15,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, jogging track, and basketball/tennis/volleyball/bocce ball courts. The Hilton Orlando is being designed by HKS Architects in Orlando and will be built by Welbro Construction Company.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
With more than 500 hotels and resorts in 76 countries around the world, Hilton continues to build on its history as a pioneer in the industry, developing products, services and amenities that offer today’s travelers more choice and control over their stays.  From Hilton Fitness by Precor® to its world-class Hilton Worldwide Resorts portfolio; from the Serenity Collection of in-room amenities to Hilton Meetings, a premier global product for small meetings, Hilton’s offerings are designed to enable guests to be at their personal best whether they travel for business or pleasure. Hilton’s belief that Travel Should Take You Places® celebrates a commitment to the idea that travel can and should be transformative. Start your journey at www.hilton.com, available in English, Spanish and French.
 

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Contact:

Lisa Cole
305-796-8383
Lisa.Cole@hilton.com

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Also See: Apollo Real Estate Advisors and Rida Development Corporation Break Ground on $380 million 1,400 room Hilton Orlando Hotel; Hilton Hotels Corporation will manage the hotel with a minority ownership / May 2007
The 1400-room Hilton Orlando Tops Off, First Hotel Connected to the Orange County Convention Center / July 2008
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