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Dorchester Collection's Culinary Partners, Chefs, Restaurateurs and Food & Beverage
Teams Plan for the Future of Hospitality Business at Recent Conference

Picture caption, from left to right: Yannick Alleno, Sir David Tang, Wolfgang Puck,
Alain Ducasse, John Campbell, Christophe Michalak

This month, the leading culinary partners, chefs, restaurateurs and food & beverage management associated with the iconic hotels of Dorchester Collection met at Coworth Park in Ascot, Berkshire for a two day event to discuss the future of hospitality.
Those attending the event included (as pictured above) Yannick Alleno who oversees dining at Le Meurice including ‘Restaurant Le Meurice’ for which he holds three Michelin stars, Sir David Tang founder of China Clubs in Asia, and legendary celebrity haunt ‘China Tang at The Dorchester’, Wolfgang Puck celebrated American-Austrian chef overseeing dining at new launch 45 Park Lane and the renovated Hotel Bel-Air, Alain Ducasse who currently holds three Michelin stars at both The Dorchester and Hotel Plaza Athénée, John Campbell who previously held two Michelin stars and established the restaurants at recent opening Coworth Park, and Christophe Michalak Hotel Plaza Athénée’s exceptional Pastry Chef.

Introducing the event, CEO Christopher Cowdray commented: “Restaurants, bars, and banqueting are critically important to the company.  In a world where trends and tastes are changing by the minute it is crucial we galvanise a culinary vision for Dorchester Collection to ensure we continue to offer what our customers are looking for.”

General Manager and Regional Director, UK, Roland Fasel, who initiated the conference, added “Our guests are incredibly well travelled and have a vastly superior knowledge of service and cuisine compared to previous decades.  By bringing together such a wealth of proven experience in establishing world-class restaurants we have the accumulated understanding to ensure we keep our offering alive and at the forefront of the industry moving forwards.”

Over the course of two days, representatives from each of the hotels of Dorchester Collection shared experiences, sought innovation, dissected recurring challenges and debated the future of the industry. 

Topics discussed included protecting the environment, safeguarding the individuality of the properties, providing guests a genuinely local experience, and accelerating career growth across the associated companies’ culinary departments.  As a result, the conference attendees have committed to work together on several key initiatives to be put in place over the next five years.  

The full list of attendees included (left to right, back row to front row):

Back Row:

Renaud Gregoire, Director of Food & Beverage, The Dorchester
Raffaele Longo, Food & Beverage Operations Manager, Hotel Principe di Savoia
Tom Kaplan, Senior Managing Partner, The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group
Scot Turner, Food & Beverage Manager, Coworth Park
Wilfried Morandin, Deputy Food & Beverage Manager, Le Meurice
Edmond Antoine, conference facilitator

Second Row from back:

Pascal Billard, Resident Manager, Hotel Plaza Athénée
Valerie Beyssade, conference facilitator assistant
Alex Chen, Executive Chef, The Beverly Hills Hotel
Laurent Plantier, CEO, Alain Ducasse Entreprise
Yannick Alleno (Le Meurice)
Nicolas Dubort, F&B Manager, Hotel Bel-Air

Third Row from Back:
Fabrizio Cadei, Executive Chef, Hotel Principe di Savoia
Roland Fasel, General Manager and Regional Director UK
Christophe Michalak (Hotel Plaza Athénée)
Alain Ducasse, AIain Ducasse Entreprise (The Dorchester, Hotel Plaza Athénée)
Jean-Francois Casenova, VP Operations, Alain Ducasse Entreprise
Francois Delehaye, COO, Dorchester Collection

Front Row:
Timothy Gustie, Director of Food and Beverage, The Beverly Hills Hotel
John Campbell (Coworth Park)
Wolfgang Puck, The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group (45 Park Lane, Hotel Bel-Air)
Marie-Laure Akdag, Hotel Manager, 45 Park Lane
Henry Brosi, Executive Chef, The Dorchester
Peter Horton, General Manager, China Tang  

Dorchester Collection manages a portfolio of some of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the world’s great individual hotels, the company’s vision is to become the ultimate hotel management company, with a passion for excellence and innovation, honouring the individuality and heritage of its iconic hotels.   This will be achieved through acquisition as well as management of wholly owned and part-owned hotels. Dorchester Collection’s Chief Executive Christopher Cowdray has set out the company’s goal to have between 15-20 hotels by 2015. 

The current portfolio includes:
The Dorchester, London
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
Le Meurice, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
The New York Palace, New York
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles (closed for refurbishment until October 2011)
Coworth Park, Ascot, UK
45 Park Lane, London (September 2011)

Rosanna Crawley
Area Head of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7319 7062

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Also See: The Dorchester Collection Selected to Manage 109-room Le Richemond in Geneva, Switzerland with the Group's First Third-Party Management Agreement / July 2011

The Dorchester Collection to Open 45 Park Lane in London, England / May 2011

The Dorchester Collection Names New Staff Appointments Through its Collection Including Christophe Saintagne as Head Chef for Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris and Sally Pedder as Manager for The Dorchester Spa / December 2010

The Dorchester Collection Opens the 70-room Coworth Park Located in Ascot, UK; Hotel Has Several Unique Eco-Initiatives / September 2010

Dorchester Collection Appoints Marie-Laure Akdag as Hotel Manager at the 45 Park Lane, London / June 2010

Dorchester Collection Appoints Zoe Jenkins as General Manager at New Country House Hotel, Coworth Park near Ascot, UK / November 2009

Michelin-Starred Chef John Campbell Named as Food and Beverage Director for Dorchester Collection's New Country House Estate and Spa, Coworth Park, UK / July 2009

The Dorchester Collection Building Coworth Park a New 69 room Country House Hotel near Ascot, Surrey / January 2009

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