Troy N. Thompson Appointed Executive Chef of The Beverly Hilton
Noted Chef Brings His “Inspirational Cuisine” to Iconic Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Beverly Hills, Calif. – The Beverly Hilton, a Forbes Four Star hotel, today announced the appointment of Troy N. Thompson to the position of executive chef. In his new role, Chef Thompson will oversee the hotel’s food and beverage offerings including the menus for some of the most high-profile events and galas hosted at The Beverly Hilton such as the Golden Globe Awards, Oscar Nominees Luncheon and Pre-GRAMMYs Gala.
“We are excited to welcome Chef Thompson to The Beverly Hilton family and look forward to sharing his signature style of cooking with our guests,” said Paul Carter, director of food and beverage, The Beverly Hilton. “His talent and unique culinary vision will bring a new level of fine dining to the hotel.”
Chef Thompson grew up in central Illinois where his grandparents owned a small farm. From a young age, Thompson played in the garden, helped his grandparents pick and can cherries, and prepare big family dinners. His culinary career began at the age of 15 working in a small submarine sandwich shop, making dough and pastries at a bakery, and at a chain restaurant where he moved up to become head cook. His first position in hospitality was at the age of 18 as a sous chef at Avalon restaurant at the then Stouffer Hamilton Hotel in Itasca, Ill. There, Thompson was taught and inspired by his Japanese executive chef trained in French cuisine. Later, he had the opportunity to live in Japan and open an American-style steak and seafood restaurant and further explore his love for the flavors and techniques of Asian cuisine.
Chef Thompson also draws his influence from other German, Japanese and American chefs including Michelin Chef Guenter Seeger, Jean-Louis Palladin, Kiyomi Mikuni and Master Chef Hiroshi Noguchi. From each of these influences, Chef Thompson created his signature approach which he calls “inspirational cuisine.”
“Inspirational cuisine is a pure moment of cooking where the ingredients on hand, blend in my mind into a finished dish,” explains Chef Thompson. “My view of fine dining is simple – it should offer guests an opportunity to have fun and enjoy themselves while still experiencing a true world-class meal.”
This simple approach is evident in all of Chef Thompson's presentations and style. Bento boxes, tagines and various other vessels transform his “inspirational” style of cooking into world-class cuisine. Meals are displayed like showpieces on the table with sights, smells, tastes and textures all combined to create a one-of-the-kind dining experience.
Prior to this position with The Beverly Hilton, Chef Thompson served as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey for six years where he developed and opened Jer-ne Restaurant + Bar, which during his tenure, was named “Best Fusion Cuisine” by Los Angeles Magazine and given the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. He also assisted Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on “Iron Chef America.” His other experience includes the position of executive chef at Kress Hollywood, opening DB American Cuisine Restaurant in The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and Fusebox restaurant in Atlanta, which under his leadership was named among the best restaurants by Esquire Magazine.
Chef Thompson currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles with his Boxer puppy, Tako. In his leisure time, he likes to explore the up-and-coming downtown area, go to farmers markets and prepare unique, fusion dishes for his two daughters and his friends.
About The Beverly Hilton
Opened in 1955 by distinguished hotelier Conrad Hilton, The Beverly Hilton, a Forbes Four-Star hotel, is owned by the Los Angeles-based, Oasis West Realty, LLC and managed by Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT). Nestled at the crossroads of the iconic Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, the hotel combines the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood with the prestige of Beverly Hills. The 569-room hotel features 101 suites including nine private luxury suites within The Penthouse Collection. With more than 60,000 square feet of indoor and open-air event space, The Beverly Hilton boasts the most technologically advanced meeting space of its kind in the country. The hotel’s renowned International Ballroom plays host to glamorous annual events including the Golden Globe Awards Show, Oscar Nominee Luncheon, Pre-GRAMMYs Gala, and the Milken Institute’s Global Conference. The legendary Aqua Star Pool is Beverly Hills’ largest pool and is the setting for numerous recognizable photo shoots. The adjoining Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa offers red carpet-ready treatments from BABOR Beauty in a secluded setting. Circa 55 restaurant entices guests with locally-sourced cuisine in a stylish setting overlooking the pool, while Trader Vic’s Lounge, a Hollywood staple for generations, offers a lively scene with Polynesian flair. For more information, please visit www.beverlyhilton.com or call 310.274.7777.