Sofitel London Heathrow has announced the appointment of Carl Stockenström as executive head chef, with a remit that includes overseeing the hotel’s four food and beverage outlets, including its 3 AA Rosette French fine dining restaurant La Belle Epoque.
With over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Stockenström joins Sofitel London Heathrow from the St Regis W and Westin Hotel in Dubai where he was executive chef. Carl has also held executive chef and director of food and beverage positions at the Ritz-Carlton, Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, the Radisson Royal in Dubai and oversaw the launch of The Address Dubai Marina in 2008.
Sofitel London Heathrow’s dining portfolio includes the 3 AA Rosette La Belle Epoque, Le Bar Parisien, Vivre, and Tea 5 Salon. It is an award-winning purpose-built luxury conference and leisure hotel directly connected to Terminal 5 via a covered walkway, with 605 stylish guestrooms and a luxury spa and 24-hour gym.
The property is owned and operated by The Arora Group under a franchise agreement with Accor Hotels.
Ryan Nicholls, general manager at Sofitel London Heathrow, said: “We are delighted to welcome Carl into our talented team. Carl brings with him a wealth of creativity, technical skills and extensive experience from his time at leading hotels and restaurants across the globe, which will be an asset to the team which consistently delivers remarkable dining experiences for both our leisure and business guests.”
Stockenström added: “I am excited to be joining the Arora Group and the team at Sofitel London Heathrow. Pairing my experience with the brilliant team in place, I am confident we will be able to enhance the hotel’s already excellent food and beverage offering and ensure that all staff are fully trained to deliver memorable experiences across our range of food and beverage outlets.”