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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 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.