Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi has announced the appointment of new Executive Chef, Aris Athanasiou.
Joining the team this month, he will be responsible for maintaining the highest of standards within the culinary department of the hotel, working closely with the Director of Food & Beverage to ensure guests enjoy delicious culinary experiences, while overseeing operations in the all-day dining Baluba restaurant, The View restaurant, La Mesa Tapas as well as in-room dining.
With over 25 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, he has worked with some of the world’s leading hotels in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is excited to join Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi for the first time following his most recent post as the Executive Chef of Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts La Hambantota in Sri Lanka, where he was responsible for the day to day operations in the Culinary Department, with 300 rooms and 8 Food & Beverage outlets.
Prior to this, Athanasiou was an Executive Chef at Metropol Palace, and later the Group Executive Chef of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Kenya, overseeing culinary operations for both The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi and the Fairmont Mara.
“We are elated to welcome Chef Aris to Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi,” said General Manager Andreas Flückiger. “He brings a great deal of culinary expertise with passion, and we look forward to bringing thrilling and memorable culinary experiences to our guests.”
Athanasiou is a graduate of GMC Hotel and Catering College in Nicosia Cyprus and Organization of Tourism E*******n and Training (O.T.E.K), where he studied Hotel and Catering. Athanasiou received his unique experience from the best chefs of the world, many of whom earned Michelin star status including Alain Ducase, Martin Kinghasser and Doxis Bekris.
Having worked for more than 15 years globally, Chef Aris admits he has been inspired by his traditional past and travels through which he creates unique flavors to satisfy his guests.
Remarking on his new role, Athanasiou comments: “I am excited to become part of the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi team, and to create exquisite dishes that are true to Mövenpick’s commitment to culinary innovation and excellence.” “I look forward to working with this amazing team in taking the hotel to the next level,” he added.