Hilton Shijiazhuang Appoints Alan Smith As Executive Chef

August 08, 2013

SHIJIAZHUANG, China - Hilton Shijiazhuang today announced appointment of Alan Smith as executive chef. Mr. Smith will report to Jeremy Dong, director of operations, Hilton Shijiazhuang, and is responsible for all aspects pertaining to the success of the hotel from a culinary experience.

Mark Ancrum, general manager, Hilton Shijiazhuang, said, "Mr. Smith brings to the role more than 23 years of culinary experience. He is an exceptional chef with an enviable resume having worked in the kitchens of some of the world's finest hotels. We are honored to have him to join our senior team, and wish him much success in his new role."

Mr. Smith joined Hilton Worldwide in 2002. During his career with Hilton Worldwide, he has served as executive chef at Hilton Sydney Airport, Hilton Kuwait Resort and Hilton Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Before joining Hilton Shijiazhuang, Mr. Smith worked as executive chef at Hilton Hefei. During this period, the signature Pan Asia concept F&B outlet "Happy Panda" was awarded as "one the best top 10 restaurants in Hefei" for 2009 and 2010.

Mr. Smith is an award-winning chef. He has won numerous industry awards including the prestigious "All European Food & Drink Award" in 1995 and 1996 and "Best Brasserie/Café Award NSW" in 2003 from the Hotel Association for Hilton Sydney Airport. He has also written several culinary articles for some of Sydney's leading newspapers and food magazines. In addition, he successfully established a television cooking program on Kuwait Local Television that brought kudos for Hilton Kuwait Resort. Mr. Smith has cooked for some of the most notable names in politics, business and entertainment throughout his career. Such names include the former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton; global entrepreneur, Richard Branson; and international supermodel, Naomi Campbell.

Mr. Smith is of Irish origin and holds a diploma in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from College of Catering, London.

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About Hilton Shijiazhuang
Conveniently located in the CBD area of Shijiazhuang, Hilton Shijiazhuang occupies 29 floors of the iconic 53-storey Kaiyuan Tower. The hotel features 594 guest rooms with space ranging from 45 to 245 square meters, offering an unparalleled level of service to guests. Hilton Shijiazhuang boasts more than 2400-square meter of conference and event space, including 16 flexible function rooms. The 1,066-square meter pillar-less Kunlun Grand Ballroom and the 386-square meter adjoining foyer including a direct access car lift, offer ultimate conveniences to all kinds of events. The hotel features six diverse restaurant and bar outlets providing guests with truly international, innovative and healthy culinary options. To relax and rejuvenate, guests can enjoy 25-meter heated indoor swimming pool, state-ofthe-art facilities at the Health Club & Gym as well as ISPA. Guests can also take unobstructed city and mountain views though floor to ceiling windows when working from guest rooms, dining at the hotel restaurants, or working out at the Gyms. Hilton Shijiazhuang provides world-class hospitality for business and leisure travelers.
For more information or to make reservation, please visit: www.shijiazhuang.hilton.com

About Hilton Worldwide's 25th Anniversary in China
Hilton Worldwide is celebrating its 25th anniversary in China, marking a new milestone in Hilton Worldwide's legacy of providing Chinese guests with excellent hospitality services. In 1988, Hilton Worldwide became one of the first international hotel brands to enter China and has since grown with China's consumers by constantly innovating to win their hearts at home and abroad. Since its entry into China, Hilton Worldwide has been registering strong growth in the Chinese market by expanding its presence from over 30 operating hotels today to more than 150 hotels over the next few years. Hilton Worldwide is also accelerating its expansion in the market with more than 115 projects in the pipeline under the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. Over the past 25 years, Hilton Worldwide has launched meaningful initiatives tailored for Chinese tastes, including the Huanying program and Hilton HHonors program, and in 2011 Hilton Worldwide became the first multinational hotel company to sponsor the Chinese Olympic Committee. Hilton Worldwide is launching a series of campaigns and promotional activities to commemorate the event.

Contact

Amber Huang
Instep Communication Group
+86 21 6280 1555
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Helen Zhao
Hilton Shijiazhuang
+86 311 6796 6589
helen.zhao2@hilton.com

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