Stephan Matz joins Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya as Executive Chef – Hotel News ME
Stephan Matz is an experienced hotelier from Germany, with 23 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In his new role as Executive Chef, Stephan will take charge of the culinary operations of the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya.
Stephan began his career in 1998 as an apprentice at the legendary Grand Hyatt Berlin, Germany. During his trip with Hyatt, his creativity, talent, hard work and achievements were instantly recognized, and in 2012 he was promoted to the position of Executive Chef in the East African Monument, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro. He handled day-to-day operations at three restaurants, banquets, and in-room dining at the luxurious 180-room property.
In addition to Hyatt, he has gained extensive experience working with various hotel brands across countries such as the United States of America, Germany, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, Oman and Egypt. . In his recent role as Executive Chef at Steigenberger Al Dau Hotels, he led the culinary operations of two properties which included a massive 720-room luxury hotel and luxury property, alongside ten restaurants, the gourmet market, bars , a nightclub, and a water park.
He was responsible for developing the culinary experience, hygiene protocols and menu engineering for their in-room dining and restaurants, all in collaboration with the business development team, while leading his team of 100 chefs and 60 stewards. In February 2021, he decided to return to Hyatt as Executive Chef of the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya.
“Riyadh is a dynamic and dynamic market, open to experimentation, where residents warmly welcome new creative trends. My entry into the local market coincides with the city’s unprecedented period of growth and opportunity, ”says Stephan.
“After learning about Vision 2030, witnessing Riyadh’s iconic season and observing the development process that Riyadh, and Saudi Arabia as a whole, is going through, I believe my creativity and passion for innovation through food will introduce locals to a whole world of dining experience that is proving to be essential for success in the local market. Hyatt is well known as a leader and innovator in the F&B industry and Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya already enjoys a solid reputation in the local F&B market. I look forward to exploring the vast potential of the property with my team in the months to come.
The Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya opened in January 2017. The hotel offers 261 rooms, including 40 suites, spread over 28 floors. All rooms and suites offer views of vibrant Riyadh. Conveniently located on Olaya Street and King Fahad Road – a growing financial district in Riyadh – and close to the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, Hyatt Regency is a brand for business and leisure .
In September 2020, the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya became the first hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and one of the first hotels in the Middle East to be accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR ™. GBAC is the gold standard for prepared facilities, and accreditation further enhances operational guidance and resources around the safety and peace of mind of colleagues and guests, which are paramount at Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya. Hyatt’s strategy is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to boost tourism and boost the Kingdom’s economy.