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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.