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Raymond Blanc is appointed Vice President of Orient-Express Hotels

Orient-Express Hotels has appointed Raymond Blanc OBE, founder and Chef Patron of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, England, as Vice President of Orient-Express Hotels.

Mr. Blanc has maintained a close relationship with Orient-Express since he partnered with the company upon the acquisition of the two star Michelin restaurant and 32 room hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in 2002.

In his new role as Vice President, Blanc will assist with the entire Orient-Express portfolio of hotels, trains and cruises, working with the existing teams to improve and enhance upon their culinary offerings. The first such project will take place at Orient-Express Hotels’ Santa Barbara, California property, El Encanto, scheduled to open in 2012. Here Raymond Blanc will be designing the hotel’s restaurant and oversee execution of the culinary concept.

“Raymond is one of the world’s most talented chefs and he has an amazing track record of encouraging his colleagues on to greater achievement. No less than 25 Michelin starred Chefs trained with Raymond at some point in their careers,” said Paul White, President and Chief Executive of Orient-Express Hotels. “I know my colleagues in Orient-Express restaurants and kitchens all over the world will be delighted to have his input and benefit from his knowledge.”

Raymond Blanc said he was delighted to work more closely with Orient-Express hotels around the world. “Unlike many hotel companies, Orient-Express runs its own restaurants and the reason they are successful is because they really aren’t hotel dining rooms, but restaurants in the true meaning of the word. There are still many ways to enhance these offerings and I look forward to this opportunity to get more involved with my Orient-Express colleagues.”

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