Hilton New York Appoints Richard Brown, Accomplished Chef, To Director Of Culinary At Manhattan's Largest Hotel

Former Executive Chef At AAA Five Diamond St. Regis New York To Oversee Culinary Operations At Hilton’s Flagship New York City Property

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January 28, 2010

NEW YORK -  Hilton New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Brown, a 20-plus year industry veteran, to Director of Culinary. Brown, a native New Yorker, possesses an extensive managerial background in hotel/restaurant food and beverage operations, most recently serving as executive chef at The St. Regis New York, a AAA Five Diamond property.

In his new role, Brown will oversee all of Hilton New York's culinary operations at its multiple dining outlets and banqueting venues. This will include development of new menus at Etrusca, the hotel's fine dining restaurant serving Tuscan cuisine, and New York Marketplace, serving breakfast and lunch with a distinctive American flair. Bridges Bar and Lobby Lounge, which offer light fare, cocktails, microbrews and signature drinks in a relaxing and convivial atmosphere, also fall under Brown's supervision.

"We're thrilled to have such a distinguished chef managing our 100-plus food and beverage team," said Conrad Wangeman, General Manager, Hilton New York. "Richard is a true visionary, with a unique eye for detail that is bound to please the palates of our guests from around the world. Additionally, as we move forward in repositioning the hotel in the New York City marketplace given our recent ballroom and meeting space refurbishment program, Richard will play an integral role in helping us redefine and reinvigorate our event, banqueting and catering processes with a fresh new approach."

Brown, who has more than 20 years of food and beverage experience, brings an extensive working knowledge of the industry to the Hilton New York. Prior to his arrival, he spent eight years as executive chef at the prestigious St. Regis New York, where he was responsible for creating menus for all of the hotel's outlets and special events; hiring, training and supervising a 50-person kitchen; and directing all phases of fiscal operations, including management of a $30 million annual budget.

"Richard's hospitality background and creative ingenuity make him a valuable asset in this extremely competitive marketplace," said J. Grady Colin, Director of Food and Beverage, Hilton New York. "He is extremely passionate about food and brings a fine pedigree to our restaurant operations, which we believe will help elevate dining at the Hilton New York to a whole new level."

Brown is a graduate of Manhattan's French Culinary Institute and Mercy College located in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife Michelle and daughter, Stella.

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