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Mr. Hildebrandt

Patrick Hildebrandt

Executive Chef, Texican Court Hotel

Patrick Hildebrandt, Executive Chef of Valencia Group's Texican Court, has over a decade of first-class experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries. He was first introduced to the comradery and passion that the kitchen atmosphere invokes in high school when he was a dishwasher. Since then, he has worked his way up in kitchen positions that included chef tournant, chef de cuisine and executive sous chef.

Chef Hildebrandt currently oversees Texican Court's food and beverage operations, including the tequila bar, Two Mules Cantina restaurant, the pool area as well as catering operations. He brings premier cooking experience to his position as the executive chef at Texican Court, having worked as a sous chef and executive sous chef at several establishments previously including Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado, and the Empty Stomach Group in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his current position at Texican Court, he was the executive chef at The Hollow in Georgetown, Texas.

Chef Hildebrandt's cooking features original, inspired dishes with native Texan flavors that highlight smoky elements and is styled after the rustic cooking and great diversity of cuisine found throughout the Southwest. His blend of bold and spicy southwestern flavors recently earned him a nod from CultureMap Dallas, where he was nominated and named a finalist for the 2019 CultureMap's "Rising Star Chef of the Year."

When Chef Hildebrandt is not tending to his smoker or dreaming up a new and unique recipe for Texican Court's menu, you can find him either golfing, enjoying a glass of whiskey or out on a hunting trip.

Please visit http://www.texicancourt.com for more information.

Mr. Hildebrandt can be contacted at +1 469-577-4599 or phildebrandt@valenciagroup.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.