Hilton London Metropole has announced the appointment of Paul Bates as its new executive chef – to help lead the change of the hotel’s F&B offering as part of its multimillion-pound refurbishment to “radically transform” and upgrade the guest and event experience.
In his new role, Bates will oversee the food and beverage operations for the hotel’s four restaurants and bars, it’s in-room dining service, and banqueting across its 35 event spaces and meeting rooms.
He will also oversee a team of F&B professionals, ensuring they are delivering “creative and sustainable” food experiences.
He has a wealth of industry experience, previously holding the position of executive head chef at JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, Hilton London Bankside, Beaumont Hotel and Intercontinental, Park Lane.
At JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, he was responsible for all food products, running the 2,500 cover event facility and multiple venues, including the 600 cover Associate Restaurant.
At Hilton London Bankside, he helped launch the hotel’s successful food and beverage offering, with 800 covers across multiple outlets and event spaces.
Paul Bates said: “I am so excited to be joining at this incredible time of change. Along with my talented team, we will be launching four new restaurants and bars and enhancing the food and drink offering within the conference and events service. I’m looking forward to leveraging my expertise and creating incredible culinary experiences for guests.
“We’re going to be approaching some of our outlets unlike any other hotel has before, all whilst representing our amazing city – London – creating dishes made with the best locally sourced British ingredients. I can’t wait for our guests to see what we’ve been cooking up.”
Hilton London Metropole is an asset managed by EQ Hotels, who are overseeing the execution of the multi million pound refurbishment, which is due to be completed at the end of the summer.