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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 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.