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Mr. Trainor

Robert Trainor

Exec Chef, Hilton

Robert Trainor is executive chef of Hilton Short Hills, New Jersey's premier urban resort that is home to the state's only Five Diamond restaurant, The Dining Room. He manages all aspects of menu and meal preparation, staffing and training in the hotel's restaurants, including The Dining Room, the hotel's more casual venue, The Terrace, The Retreat Lounge, room service and all banquets. Long respected as one of the New York metro area's finest chefs, Trainor took the helm at New Jersey's premier urban resort in November 2003. Trainor is well acquainted with the recipe for mixing culinary excitement with companionable comfort. As Executive Sous Chef at the legendary Waldorf=Astoria, his first assignment was to retool the menu of the beloved Oscar's, while maintaining the elements of the restaurant's unique tradition. Raised in Rhode Island and educated at Johnson & Wales University, Trainor's numerous achievements include being named one of the top 100 chefs in America by the Taste Institute of America in 1998, becoming a certified sommelier through the American Sommelier Association, serving as the 95th Distinguished Visiting Chef of Johnson & Wales University, and garnering numerous gold and silver medals in international culinary competitions. He has also cooked as guest chef at the James Beard House and in the home of the late culinary legend Julia Child

Mr. Trainor can be contacted at 973 912 7974 or Robert_Trainor@Hilton.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.