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

Coming Up In The August Online Hotel Business Review




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Food & Beverage: Multiplicity and Diversity are Key
The challenge for hotel food and beverage operations is to serve the personal tastes and needs of an increasingly diverse population and, at the same time, to keep up with ever-evolving industry trends. In order to accomplish this, restaurateurs and hoteliers have to flex their creative muscles and pull out all the stops to satisfy their various audiences. One way to achieve this is to utilize existing food spaces in multiple ways at different times of the day. Lunch can be casual and fast, while dinnertime can be more formal and slower paced. The same restaurant can offer counter service by day but provide table service by night, with a completely different menu and atmosphere. Changes in music, lighting, uniforms and tabletop design contribute to its transformation. This multi- purpose approach seeks to meet the dining needs of guests as they change throughout the day. Today’s restaurants also have to go to great lengths to fulfill all the diverse dietary preferences of their guests. The popularity of plant-based, paleo, vegan, and gluten and allergen-free diets means that traditional menus must evolve from protein-heavy, carb-loaded offerings to those featuring more vegetables and legumes. Chefs are doing creative things with vegetables, such as experimenting with global cuisines or incorporating new vegetable hybrids into their dishes. Another trend is an emphasis on bold and creative flavors. From chili oil to sriracha to spicy maple syrup, entrees, desserts and beverages are all being enhanced with spice and heat. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.