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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 November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.