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Mr. Signorelli

John Signorelli

Executive Chef, St. Regis Houston

A native of Colorado, Executive Chef John Signorelli is no stranger to refined cuisine, with three  decades of culinary tenure.  For the past ten years, he has led the talented and successful culinary team at The St. Regis Houston Hotel, showcasing his passion for fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.  A true regional American influence is reflected throughout the hotel's restaurants, and his world-encompassing banquet and catering menus draw from his travels and experience abroad.

Starting in professional kitchens at a young age of 13, working his way through the ranks, and later graduating with top honors from the Culinary Institute of America, has also allowed the distinct privilege for Chef Signorelli to compete in the prestigious Bocuse d'Or competition as a finalist chef assistant to Certified Master Chef David J. Megenis.  Throughout his career, Chef Signorelli has held true to his professional standard of helping to lead Forbes 5-Star, AAA 5-Diamond hotels, and has been trained and mentored by numerous Certified Master Chefs and Michelin-starred Chefs.  These include Certified Master Chefs Peter Timmins at The Greenbrier, Anton Brunbauer at The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, and later honing his knives at some of the finest kitchens with over a decade of experience tenured at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  These luxury properties include two hotel openings with French Master Chef Xavier Salomon in Half Moon Bay, CA., and with 3-Star Michelin Chef Bruno Menard and Aloysius Bokhorst in Osaka, Japan.  Also, at The Ritz-Carlton, he has worked along with French Master Chef Bruno Lopez in Marina Del Rey, CA., French Master Chef Frederic Morineau in Sarasota, FL., on task force in Miami, FL., and has also reopened the New Orleans property.  Celebrity Chefs who've rubbed shoulder-to-shoulder with him on the line include Emeril Lagasse, Hubert Keller, Roland Passot, Eric Ripert, Troy Thompson, and the late Chefs Julia Child and Walter Scheib from The White House.  

Since 2008, he has expanded his culinary horizons to The St. Regis Houston where Texas's rich culinary heritage has been an inspiration for the bold direction of his outstanding and award-winning cuisine.  Chef Signorelli's inviting and refined cuisine at The St. Regis Houston has been featured in numerous magazine, photo, radio and TV media events during his current tenure, and continues to be on the forefront leading edge of setting the culinary pace for the region.


Please visit http://www.stregis.com for more information.

Mr. Signorelli can be contacted at 713-403-2604 or john.signorelli@stregis.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.