Chengdu, Sichuan, China, May 2018 ——The St. Regis Chengdu announced the appointment of Rodrigo Martinez as the new Executive Chef. Mr. Rodrigo will be fully in charge of daily culinary operations and management.
A native of Chile, Rodrigo Martinez discovered his love for cooking at the precocious age of 18. With more than 20 years’ culinary experience, his passion for food took on a high-end route when he enrolled in the Universidad Catolica De Chile.He later worked at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center, until promoted to Sous Chef. Then, he joined the San Cristobal Towers, A Luxury Collection Hotel as Chef de Cuisine. After a short time, he moved to Mexico and explored his first St. Regis journey as one of the pre-opening team members. It was here while he was working as its Executive Chef de Cuisine that the hotel won the Five Diamond Award in the first year of operation. To continue his culinary journey, Rodrigo moved to Qatar at the end of 2010, and worked as Chef de Cuisine at W Doha Hotel & Residence. Later, Martinez joined The Westin Xiamen, China, where he started to innovate his cuisine with Chinese local ingredients. From October 2014 to February 2018, he held a series of management positions at multiple international branded hotels in Dubai.
When asked about his culinary concept, Rodrigo describes it this way: “Cooking is all about passion and creativity. I always develop new menu concepts with simplicity in line with what is trending in the market and combined with my knowledge of international cuisines.”
With his true love for cooking, passion and rich experience, Rodrigo will lead his culinary team to bring a brand new exceptional dining experience to luminaries.
About St. Regis Chengdu
With 279 rooms set in a new 29-story high-rise in the city center, the St. Regis packs in all the brand’s legendary opulence (Art Deco accents intermingled with locally inspired touches such as carpeting patterned with stylized Sichuan peppercorns), sophisticated service (including a cadre of deferential butlers), and an impressive lineup of F&B offerings, ranging from an excellent Sichuan-centric dining room to a sommelier-curated wine bar and rooftop lounge. Tech lovers will appreciate the in-room gadgetry. Lights and air-conditioning flick on automatically as soon as you step through the door; electronically operated curtains slide open to reveal floor-to-ceiling views of Chengdu’s bristling skyline; you can order room service via an iPad; and spacious marble-clad bathrooms come with high-tech toilets and heated floors. And when it comes time to step out, there are a few well-selected excursions to choose from, including a private tour and tasting at China’s oldest baijiu distillery, Shui Jing Fang.
About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at nearly 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.comor follow Twitter, Instagramand Facebook. St. Regis is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.comfor instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.
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