Dorchester Collection’s iconic British hotel, The Dorchester, announces its first executive chef appointment in over two decades, as Stefan Trepp takes the helm of a new era in the hotel’s gastronomic history.
Stefan follows esteemed alumni of great executive chefs including; Jean Baptiste Virlogeux who launched the hotel’s Chef’s Table in the 1940s, Eugene Kaufler, Anton Mosimann, Willi Elsener, and Henry Brosi who held the position for over 20 years.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading hotel executive chefs, Stefan will oversee a brigade of more than 100 chefs within The Dorchester’s six kitchens serving; The Grill, The Promenade, The Bar, coffee shop Parcafé, Private Dining & Events, in-room dining and The Spatisserie at The Dorchester Spa. Always forward-thinking; Stefan plans to focus heavily on sustainable food practices, introducing innovative ways to source produce and further minimize and avoid waste.
Moving to London with his wife and baby daughter, Stefan brings 21 years of experience to the role. Inspired by flavors from all over the world, his cooking demonstrates an emphasis on traditional recipes and quality of ingredients. This will translate to menus adapting to every special occasion and guest requirement, including personally creating bespoke menus for Culinary Masterclasses in the Chef’s Table.
Stefan commented on his appointment: “It fills me with pride to be part of such a historic institution. For decades, The Dorchester’s culinary credentials have stood amongst the best in the world, with a history of great chefs taking the lead. As a global gastronomic capital, London has everything that makes a chef’s heart smile: diversity, quality produce and talent.”
Regional director UK & general manager at The Dorchester, Robert Whitfield commented: “We are delighted to have Stefan at the culinary helm of The Dorchester, to take our food and beverage into a new chapter. As a leader in luxury hospitality for more than 88 years, the hotel requires an executive chef who can deliver to our exceptional standards, while also bringing innovation and creativity to lead the hotel into the future.”
Stefan joins The Dorchester from executive chef roles at Banyan Tree Resort Phuket, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, and Kempinski hotels including the flagship property in the United Arab Emirates. Amongst his prestigious accolades, Stefan was named “Schweizer Star Im Ausland” (Swiss Star Abroad) 2015 by the prestigious Swiss Gault & Millau restaurant guide.