Hotel group appoints respected kitchen chief as first ever executive chef

John King, executive chef

Lifestyle hotel brand Pentahotels has appointed its first ever executive chef in the shape of John King.

He is tasked with creating a globally adaptable dining concept that fits the brand’s philosophy. The company currently operates 27 hotels across seven countries over two continents.

King is a long-standing member of the company having joined the business back in 2009. Prior to that he worked in some of the most prestigious hotels in the world, including the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, and The Savoy and Four Seasons Hotel in London.

The hallmark of the hotel chain is the ‘pentalounge’, a combination of lounge, bar, café and reception that is designed to have a ‘living room’ look and feel. While comfort food and regional classics are the mainstays of this strategy, King will be responsible for ensuring quality and authenticity.

In his role as the head of penta-kitchens, he will also establish supplier networks, define training standards and keep a keen eye on ongoing quality control.

Managing director, Alastair Thomann, said: “John’s work has been excellent over the last eight years and has made a major impact on the kitchens in all of our locations. I am convinced that John will fill the position as our first executive chef perfectly, and continue to delight our guests with his special line in good, honest comfort food.”

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