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HONG KONG, October 26, 2018 – Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Chef Matthew Woolford, who will oversee all of the culinary operations at the hotel. Chef Woolford, a native Australian from Sydney, comes to Hong Kong from Shanghai, where he was previously the director of culinary at W Shanghai – The Bund.

With over twenty years of experience in the kitchen, Chef Woolford maintains that “simplicity and restraints are the perfect ingredients for any dish.” With posts in South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore, Chef Woolford has a deep understanding of international cuisines and cultural nuances, which is apparent through his passion and flair in the dishes and menus he creates.

“Chef Woolford is a fantastic addition to the Kerry Hotel. His spirit and skills in the kitchen are synonymous with the hotel and brand and he will be fundamental in driving our F&B offerings in the future,” said Nicholas Smith, general manager at Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong.

Chef Woolford also championed the opening of several W Hotels including W Seoul Walkerhill, the first W Hotel in Asia, as well as the W Koh Samui and W Singapore, Sentosa Cove. Prior to his time in Asia, Woolford worked in Paris, Lyon and Avignon, France for three months learning new skills and techniques. He trained at hotels including Sebel Townhouse and Regent Hotel Sydney. At age 19, he won the coveted title “Le Torque Blanches Australian Apprentice of the Year” by Tony Bilson. Woolford’s culinary enthusiasm can be traced back to his early years, where he trained in culinary arts and landed his first apprenticeship at the Sydney Hilton Hotel at age 17.

Away from the heat of the kitchen, Chef Woolford enjoys playing basketball and is an avid collector of Nike shoes with over 42 pairs and counting.

About Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong

With its debut on April 28, 2017, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong brings a dynamic approach to hospitality to the shores of Victoria Harbour. The first new build hotel to open on the Kowloon waterfront in over two decades, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is the city’s first urban resort for visitors and local residents, offering trend-setting food and beverage concepts, leisure activities, business and meeting services, as well as extensive sports and wellness programs. Set on Hung Hom Bay, the 16-story hotel was conceived by renowned interior designer Andre Fu and award winning architect Rocco Design.  The design takes full advantage of its waterfront setting with a multi-level podium space with extensive elevated outdoor landscaped gardens that connect seamlessly to the hotel’s public leisure areas. The five-star urban resort is a vibrant hub for travelers and local residents that seamlessly integrates with the neighborhood and local culture. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at http://www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry.

About Kerry Hotels

Kerry Hotels are the next generation of luxury hotels. Vibrant, unpretentious and flexible. Today's traveler wants to engage all senses whether at work or at play. Kerry Hotels have a fresh and energetic vibe and offer some unexpected touches that fuel creativity yet allow time to recharge and relax. Service is less bound by protocol but is enthusiastic and intuitive. Launched in February 2011 in Pudong, Shanghai with a sister property in Beijing, Kerry properties are seamlessly integrated with the surrounding environment in multi-purpose complexes. Extensive sports and wellness facilities and trend setting Food and Beverage concepts cater to the youthful and spirited business and leisure traveler looking for a quality five star hotel that focuses on their individual lifestyle needs. Kerry hotels represent passionate hospitality wrapped up in a stylish package. For more information, please visit www.thekerryhotels.com.

Contact: Judy Reeves

judy.reeves@shangri-la.com / (212) 382-3155

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