The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas has named Chris Southwick Executive Assistant Manager, Culinary and Food & Beverage, with Chef Southwick to lead all hotel culinary and food and beverage activities, including In-Room Dining, Banquets, Hotel Catering, Off-Premise Catering, and Pool and Spa Dining.
Chris Southwick joins The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas from The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya in China, where for the past two years he has directed culinary operations for the acclaimed resort, its restaurants, Golf Club and Members Beach Club. His illustrious, nearly 20-year career is highlighted by a Ritz-Carlton pedigree with some of the brand’s top hotels in Sanya, Sarasota, Moscow, Huntington (Pasadena, CA), Palm Beach and Cleveland. Southwick has opened luxury hotels and restaurants across the globe, including Jeroboam at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, which became the highest-ranked restaurant in the city within months of opening.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris Southwick to The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, and we’re thrilled to have recently experienced an advance taste of his incredible cuisine,” said Roberto van Geenen, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. “Chef Southwick’s food and menu creativity are nothing short of amazing.”
Throughout his hospitality career, Chris Southwick has had the opportunity to create dining experiences not only for hotel guests and visitors, but also for dignitaries, heads of state and presidents worldwide. He has also designed and implemented major dinners for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ annual culinary event and for the Aspen Food & Wine Festival.
“The Ritz Carlton Dallas is a fabulous hotel, and I look forward to lending my energy and creativity to its already outstanding team,” noted Chef Southwick. “I also look forward to engaging with the Dallas hospitality community. It will be a pleasure and honor to call this dynamic city home.”
Chris Southwick attended the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, graduating valedictorian of his class in 1996. He holds certifications in Food and Beverage Management, Safety and Sanitation, and Menu Design. He joins The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas this week.