Editorial Board

Mr. Signorelli

John Signorelli

Executive Chef, St. Regis Houston

A native of Colorado, Executive Chef John Signorelli is no stranger to refined cuisine, and arrived eight years ago to lead the talented and successful culinary team at The St. Regis Houston Hotel to interpret his passion for fresh, local and sustainable products with a true regional American influence reflected on The Remington Restaurant’s bespoke menus. 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 opportunity for Chef Signorelli to compete in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition as a finalist chef assistant to Certified Master Chef David J. Megenis. He has held true to his professional career standard of helping lead Forbes 5-Star, AAA 5-Diamond hotels with numerous Certified Master Chefs and Michelin-starred Chefs. These include Certified Master Chef 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 the late Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, Roland Passot, Hubert Keller, Eric Ripert, Troy Thompson and Presidential Chef 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. Besides enjoying cooking and dining, Chef Signorelli’s personal passions take him traveling frequently to Asia and Europe, mountain climbing, mountain biking and road racing, playing jazz and classical trumpet and piano, photography, speaking Japanese, and most importantly, spending quality family time with his wife, two sons, and their new baby daughter. 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 January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.