SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – The Westin St. Francis is proud to announce the appointment of Fernando Reyes as Executive Chef. In his new role at this legendary hotel on San Francisco’s Union Square, Chef Reyes will manage one of the city’s busiest kitchens and largest culinary teams. He will oversee all of the hotel’s culinary facilities including The Oak Room Restaurant, Caruso’s, banquets, and in-room dining.
“I am delighted to welcome Chef Reyes to his new position as Executive Chef,” said Jon Kimball, Area General Manager of Marriott International. “His proven culinary expertise, along with his talent, leadership skills, and passion for sustainable and seasonal cuisine are true assets to our hotel.”
With a love for food and cooking since childhood, Nicarágua-born Reyes brings 23 years of culinary experience to The Westin St. Francis. Most recently, Chef Reyes was Executive Sous Chef for the Marriott Operations Support Resources team, supporting multiple hotels by providing technical and business acumen, associate training, and best practices. Previously, he was Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, Yalong Bay and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel/JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live where he was named “Leader of the Year” in 2015.He also spent ten years at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in many different roles within the culinary department including Banquet Chef/Chef Tournant, Garden Manger Chef, and Sous Chef.
Chef Reyes graduated from the Institute National Miguel Bonilla Obando in Managua, Nicaragua. He enjoys playing baseball and soccer and practicing martial arts.