Kelsi Armijo named Executive Chef at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville | New
NASHVILLE, Tennessee., September 30, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville first luxury hotel, in partnership with an internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, today announced the appointment of Kelsi Armijo as Executive Chef. Armijo, who ran the kitchens of prestigious establishments everywhere United States, will work under Jean-Georges to launch and oversee the hotel’s new destination restaurant, Drusie & Darr, and The Pink Hermit café. She will also work closely with Jean-Georges in the execution of the Hermitage Hotel’s culinary program, from weddings and events to its iconic weekend afternoon tea.
“Kelsi is a great talent who stood out when we worked together at Jean-Georges Steakhouse at ARIA,” said Vongerichten. “She has run some of the most innovative Michelin star cuisines in the United States and I am delighted to be working with her in her new role as Executive Chef at Drusie & Darr to bring the restaurant to life and introduce a vibrant new dining experience to Nashville. “
Armijo joins The Hermitage Hotel with over a decade of culinary expertise from top restaurants and hotels across United States. Most recently, she led the culinary team of southern california The Peninsula Beverly Hills, where she went from chef to executive chef during her nearly six-year tenure. Prior to that, Armijo worked alongside a renowned French chef and restaurateur Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas at the Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Michelin starred. During his stay in Las Vegas, she also worked with James beard Award-winning chef, Shawn mcclain at Sage, where she helped create contemporary American dishes showcasing farm-to-table produce and sustainable ingredients. Armijo started his career as a member of the opening team of Jean-Georges Steakhouse at ARIA in Las Vegas and quickly became Sous Chef. She graduated from the College of Southern Nevada.
“With an incredible experience working alongside the best chefs in the industry and exemplifying an innate ability to create and perfectly execute spectacular restaurant concepts, we are confident that with Chef Kelsi executing Jean-Georges’ vision, Drusie & Darr will quickly become a Nashville icon, a bit like the Hermitage hotel itself, ”said the general manager of the Hermitage hotel, Dee Patel. “We are delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to a new era of high and accessible dining at the Hermitage.”
Open later this fall, Drusie & Darr is Jean-Georges’ new restaurant and bar at the Hermitage Hotel. Drusie & Darr will be a friendly and contemporary restaurant-bar that will showcase the abundance of Tennessee regional products, some of which will come from the garden of the Land Trust’s Hermitage hotel for Tennessee Glen Leven Farm. An international menu, inspired by the seasons with Asian influences and local ingredients, will welcome hotel guests and neighbors for all occasions – from cocktails and a sophisticated evening, to a glass of wine and a pizza over the fire. woods, or a casual family dinner.
“It is an exciting time for Nashville culinary scene, ”said Armijo. “By translating Chef Jean-Georges’ vision into fresh, locally inspired dishes and concepts, I am honored to help establish the Hermitage Hotel and the great city of Nashville, as an international culinary destination. “
The Hermitage Hotel is a timeless icon of the best five-star service in its category. In 2021, the hotel is undergoing a top-to-bottom design refresh, perfectly blending the past with the present. From the renovated restaurant and bar to the updated rooms, lobby and common areas, the hotel meticulously preserves its cherished architecture while introducing a new color scheme, updated furnishings and more. To learn more about The Hermitage Hotel, please visit TheHermitageHotel.com or follow the hotel on Instagram and Facebook.
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About the Hermitage hotel
Located in the heart of Downtown NashvilleThe Hermitage Hotel is the city’s first million-dollar property, harboring a rich history deeply rooted in the spirit of the region. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2020, the Hermitage Hotel is a timeless icon of refined Southern hospitality offering unparalleled service, luxurious comfort and modern amenities. The hotel has 122 oversized rooms and suites and distinctive Beaux-Arts architecture, including an original stained-glass ceiling that serves as a striking centerpiece for the hotel lobby. The large ballroom, adorned with circus walnut woodwork, has continued to host memorable gatherings since the hotel was inaugurated in 1910. The Hermitage hotel, inaugurated at the end of 2021, houses the destination restaurant, Drusie & Darr, and coffee, The Pink Hermit, internationally acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten first presence in the South. Additionally, the hotel offers signature afternoon tea service and two spa treatment rooms. The Hermitage hotel is committed to the preservation of local heritage and is proud to partner with The Land Trust to Tennessee, rising above $ 1 million to support the conservation of over 85,000 acres since 2008. For reservations and additional information, please call 615-244-3121 or visit TheHermitageHotel.com.
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