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Mr. Fistrovich

George Fistrovich

Executive Chef, The Ritz Carlton Naples

Executive Chef George Fistrovich joined The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples in June 2011, after six years at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. His culinary career spans over 30 years in seven countries and four continents.

Chef Fistrovich began his career in New York City, at the famous Tavern on the Green. His journey led him to France as a Stagiare with some of the leading three Star Michelin chefs of that time, Mark Meneau, Roger Verge, Jacques Lameloise and Michel Guerard. Upon his return, Chef Fistrovich was recruited at age 27 to run the prestigious Hayman Island resort in Australia. Followed by four years in Singapore where he worked at The Marina Mandarin, leading a team of 130 chefs.

Chef Fistrovich was voted one of the rising stars in America in 1998 when he led the kitchens at The Delano in Miami Beach. Shortly after, Chef Fistrovich was recruited to be part of the opening team at The Royal Towers in Atlantis where he commanded a Chef Brigade of over 420 cooks. Upon completion of the Atlantis opening he moved to London to lead the prestigious Harrods's of London's kitchen, and thereafter The Shangri La group in Beijing China.

Most recently, as Executive Chef for The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples, Chef Fistrovich is responsible for the direction and development of a 100+ member culinary team. His passion for providing guests with the finest and freshest ingredients led him to introduce the hotel to growing fresh lettuces in a Hydroponic farm on property, a first.

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

Mr. Fistrovich can be contacted at +1 239-514-6074 or george.fistrovich@ritzcarlton.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.