Mr. Fistrovich

George Fistrovich

Executive Chef

The Ritz Carlton Naples, Southwest Florida

Chef Fistrovich leads more than 100 culinary professionals and oversees all food and beverage operations and culinary services for the ten dining experiences and group banquets at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, both located on Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast. In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and culinary passion, Chef Fistrovich was honored by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 2012 with the Award for Culinary Excellence and named Chef of the Year for the Americas.

Chef Fistrovich has more than 21 years of culinary experience, and most recently served as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne where he directed the resort’s three full-service restaurants, exclusive Rum Bar and more than 80 culinary professionals.

His additional experiences in the culinary arts come from his role as executive chef for a number of leading hotels and restaurants from around the world, including The Kerry Centre (Beijing); Harrods (London); The Royal Towers at Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas); The Marina-Mandarin Hotel (Singapore); and The Hayman Island Resort (Great Barrier Reef, Australia).

Chef Fistrovich has also completed a number of advanced culinary learning extensions in venues throughout France, Singapore, London, China, Australia, the Bahamas and Washington, D.C.—as well as core training experiences in the kitchens of New York City’s famed Tavern on the Green, Chicago’s L’Escargot on Michigan, and the renowned Jean-Louis at Watergate in Washington, D.C.

After studying at Chicago’s Washburne Culinary Institute, Chef Fistrovich expanded his education to include advanced curricula at the Culinary Institute of America, International Pastry Arts Center, and Carma Ltd. in Dübendorf, Germany.

Mr. Fistrovich can be contacted at

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Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.