Chef Andres Farias Named New Executive Chef for Omni La Mansión del Rio, Mokara Hotel & Spa

Omni La Mansión del Rio and Mokara Hotel & Spa are pleased to announce the appointment of Chef Andres Farias as the hotel’s new Executive Chef.


With nearly two decades of progressive experience, Chef Farias has worked in the hospitality industry at many highly acclaimed hotels and restaurants including Trump Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Marriott International, Intercontinental Hotels, and luxury restaurants in Caracas-Venezuela.


“We are looking forward to Chef Farias creating a fresh approach to our restaurant’s menus that considers its guests and their dining experiences,” said Rusty Wallace, Area Managing Director, General Manager at Omni La Mansión del Rio and Mokara Hotel & Spa. “Chef Farias will enhance our Four Diamond luxury hotels and restaurants by incorporating a contemporary flair on our classic dishes.”


“It’s a true honor to be part of the Omni family here at La Mansión del Rio and Mokara Hotel & Spa,” said Executive Chef Farias. “Unlike any dining experience in the city, the opening of new dining  concepts of modern Texas cuisine with some Latin influence will offer guests, locals, and travelers an exceptional culinary experience in an unrivaled setting on the famed Riverwalk. My goal is to create dishes that complement the current times – seasonally and aesthetically.”


Chef Farias realized his own passion in the kitchen while spending his childhood watching his mother, who was an exceptional chef. In 2001, Chef  Farias graduated from the High Training Educational Institute in Caracas, Venezuela, with the designation of International Chef. He also has completed specialized training in French and Asian cuisine, and bakery/pastry creations. In 2019, Chef Farias was one of the twenty-five celebrity chefs who participated in the Celebrity Chef Ball gala dinner at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, Illinois supporting “Meals on Wheels”, where he contributed to the main VIP dinner. By capitalizing on the wealth of experience, Chef Farias is able to combine his culinary creativity with his savvy business acumen to create unique dining concepts and menu offerings that showcase the highest of quality of service and culinary standards.


With his extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry and global culinary experience of luxury hotels and restaurants, Chef Farias is an asset to Omni La Mansión del Rio and Mokara Hotel & Spa. He will provide guests with memorable food experiences at the hotel’s restaurants: El Colegio,Ostra, La Mansión Pool Bar, Rooftop Café and Meetings, Weddings, and In-Room Dining with his team.