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The Chase Park Plaza, a Royal Sonesta Hotel, Appoints Matthew White and Gunter Weber as Culinary Executives

ST. LOUIS, MO. August 22, 2017 – The Chase Park Plaza, A Royal Sonesta Hotel, is delighted to announce the appointments of two executive team members.

Matthew White, an award-winning hospitality professional, has been named the Director of Food and Beverage. In this role, White will be responsible for overseeing all food and beverage operations, including dining experience, quality control, purchasing, and budgeting. White has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, including his most recent position as the Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Royal Sonesta New Orleans. During his tenure, he oversaw all operations of the hotel’s six dining outlets and was responsible for re-launching one of the restaurants after an extensive renovation. White was instrumental in advancing the restaurant’s TripAdvisor ranking from 187 to 49, bringing it to the top three percent of restaurants in the city. In 2016 he was named Manager of the Year. Prior to joining Royal Sonesta New Orleans, White held a similar position with the Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New Orleans. White holds a certification from the Guild of Sommeliers and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. “It’s truly an honor to be part of such an iconic property, and I look forward to delivering outstanding cuisine and exceptional service to all of our guests,” says White. “There is a vibrant culinary scene in St. Louis and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

Adding depth to the hotel’s culinary team, Gunter Weber has been announced as the new Executive Chef. Classically trained in French cooking techniques, Weber went to culinary school in Switzerland and was selected for a three-year internship at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhoff, a 5-star boutique hotel. Weber honed his palate and passion for cooking while traveling the world working in Switzerland, Burma, and Washington, DC. Prior to joining Chase Park Plaza, Weber was the Chef de Cuisine at Hyatt Regency St. Louis. Recognized for his creative cooking and impressive skills, he served on the opening team for two Hyatt Regency hotels in California. As the Executive Chef at Chase Park Plaza, Weber will oversee the entire culinary and kitchen team.

These appointments follow the hotel naming David Kohlasch as General Manager. Built in 1922, Chase Park Plaza boasts the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and features over 338 guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa, an 18,000 square foot fitness center, multiple dining and entertainment options, an outdoor Mediterranean-style swimming pool, and more than 65,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

For more about Sonesta, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about The Chase Park Plaza, visit Sonesta.com/chaseparkplaza.

About Sonesta

Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with more than 60 properties in 7 countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. With a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest's expectations time and time again. Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, St. Maarten (3), Chile (2), Colombia (5), Ecuador, Peru (5), and Egypt (6 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 27 locations near Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Burlington, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Detroit, Flagstaff, Houston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Parsippany, Princeton, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Tucson. For more about Sonesta, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about The Chase Park Plaza, visit Sonesta.com/chaseparkplaza.

Priscilla Visintine

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