Rotana appoints corporate VP for food and beverage

James Wierzelewski is tasked with developing new concepts across MEA

James Wierzelewski, corporate vice president ? food & beverage, Rotana
James Wierzelewski, corporate vice president ? food & beverage, Rotana

Rotana has appointed James Wierzelewski as its new corporate vice president – food & beverages operations.

At Rotana, Wierzelweski’s main duties will include developing new concepts of service methods to achieve organisational objectives as well as maintaining Rotana’s food & beverage standards in terms of quality of product and service, according to the group.

He will also identify and recommend new products, equipment and amenities to enhance product quality, and analyse and monitor the annual food & beverage operational audit.

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Wierzelweski brings  more than 20 years'  experience in the food and beverage divisions, having worked across the globe. Past posts include those at Norwegian Cruise Lines, Harrods of London and Disney Corporation.

Rotana executive vice president and COO Omer Kaddouri said: “I believe the quality and diversity of our restaurants is a major recipe of our success. With James Wierzelweski joining our team, we aim to improve this quality even further and bring about an even more diverse portfolio of offerings. 

"Wierzelweski has been the force behind several award-winning concepts in the global F&B industry and we are confident that his flair for innovation will drive Rotana forward to a new plane of excellence in F&B offerings,” he added.

Other notable achievements include appearing on the Food Network cooking show, being named Best Chef in Malaysia for Lafite Restaurant and winning the Bonlac Great Chefs of Asia Award as one of the top chefs in Asia.

"Overall, Wierzelweski will be responsible for not only maintaining Rotana’s position as one of the leading hotel chains in the F&B industry, but also enhancing it further by developing new concepts of outlets in the region to enhance the Rotana restaurants portfolio," Rotana said in a statement. 

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