To head the global culinary innovation, strategy and execution for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel chains looked to Rainer Zinngrebe, whose illustrious career spans more than 30 award-winning years. Zinngrebe inspires Ritz-Carlton chefs globally to “cook with passion, relevance and with the cultural preferences of their guests in mind.” His leadership and influence can be found in kitchens around the world including the United States, Canada, China, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Egypt and more.
Zinngrebe joined the brand in 2002, creating The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun Culinary Center, a recreational kitchen facility. In Cancún, he led the hotel’s two fine-dining restaurants to multiple AAA Five Diamond awards.
Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, Zinngrebe held multiple executive chef positions at hotels around Asia, including Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur; Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok; and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. He’s authored two cookbooks, Beyond Fusion and Small Bites Big Taste, and co-authored several others.
Under Zinngrebe’s direction, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. earned 13 Michelin stars for 2016 across eight restaurants in six hotels in Asia and Europe, securing the hotel company’s reputation as a leader in culinary excellence and innovation.
What three go-to ingredients are always in your home kitchen?
It sounds basic, but besides the obvious salt, pepper, garlic and onions, I always have chicken stock, pasta and a good olive oil around — and some Parmesan cheese. Those few ingredients allow me to whip up a dinner for the family pretty quickly from a simple pasta dish to a risotto or a chicken noodle soup.
What’s your favorite season for cooking, and why?
From late spring to early summer, as it is probably the best season as far as ingredient availability goes, particularly the abundance of white asparagus, peas, wild mushrooms, fresh fruit and more. It’s really a chef’s dream, as you can have a lot of fun with many things that grow in that season.
Aside from your current position, what’s the best job you’ve ever had?
Wow, that’s a difficult one! I guess my entire career has been a series of wonderful jobs that allowed me to see the world, work with interesting people and learn about different cultures and cuisine. It is hard to pick one that was better than the other. I always say different jobs taught me different things — working in Korea taught me how to manage a large number of staff in a difficult cultural environment and made me a better leader, while working at La Tante Claire in London made me a better cook. Each position allowed me to learn, grow and experience, making me successful in my role today.
What’s the first meal you ever cooked?
I don’t remember the first meal I ever cooked, but it was probably a schnitzel and French fries at my parents’ pub at the age of 10 or 11. I do remember my first “event” I cooked all on my own, which was my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary when I was a second-year apprentice. I cooked a full buffet from scratch for about 60 people. It took me three days, and I was proud when it all came together and people enjoyed it.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
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The Global Business Travel Association, the world’s largest business travel and meetings trade organization, recently released a statement from GBTA CEO Suzanne Neufang regarding the Biden administration’s recent announcement that the U.S. travel ban will be relaxed in November for vaccinated travelers from 26 Schengen countries, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.