Dorchester Collection’s iconic British hotel, The Dorchester, has announced its first executive chef appointment in over two decades, as Stefan Trepp takes the helm.
Trepp follows an alumni of ]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.
Trepp 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 and Events, in-room dining and The Spatisserie at The Dorchester Spa. He plans to focus heavily on sustainable food practices, introducing innovative ways to source produce and further minimise and avoid waste.
Moving to London with his wife and baby daughter, Trepp brings 21 years of experience to the role. Inspired by flavours 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 at the Chef’s Table.
Trepp said: “It fills me with pride to be part of such an 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 and general manager at The Dorchester, Robert Whitfield, added: “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.”
Trepp 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 accolades, he was named ‘Schweizer Star Im Ausland’ (Swiss Star Abroad) 2015 by the Swiss Gault and Millau restaurant guide.