Hilton Manila appoints new executive chef

Pasay-based Hilton Manila recently announced the appointment of Dennis Leslie as the hotel’s Executive Chef.

Hilton Manila appoints new executive chef
Hilton Manila’s Executive Chef Dennis Leslie
“We are glad to welcome Chef Dennis Leslie to Hilton Manila,” said general manager Simon McGrath. 

An experienced chef and hospitality professional, Leslie has over 21 years of global experience in the hospitality industry. He had worked in some of the elite and high-profile establishments in the world with the finest chefs and the most savvy business professionals. 

He mastered the precision of Michelin Star quality cooking and discipline in Ireland under the guidance of Chef Christophe Gravois. He had also worked for French-born British chef, Raymond Blanc, in England and in Edinburgh at a restaurant frequented by royalties and celebrities.  

Prior to joining Hilton Manila, Leslie was part of the pre-opening team in the position of executive chef and manager at the Adelaide Oval, one of the largest food and beverage providers in South Australia. He also worked at luxury hotels and restaurants in Australia and Europe.

 “His culinary background is backed with a fine dining experience, having worked in five-star and luxury branded hotels and restaurants around Europe and Australia. Leslie is an Australian with Filipino roots. This is his ‘homecoming’ to the Philippines to introduce new and exciting flavors and cuisines,” shared McGrath. 

The style and dishes on Leslie’s menu incorporate a number of influences—from his strong Filipino heritage to international culinary exposure to various French cooking techniques. 

As the executive chef in Hilton Manila, Leslie will create an F&B experience that focuses on healthy and nutritious food, utilizing ingredients that are locally sourced, sustainable, and organic where possible—cooking with a local flavor.  

Leslie will be at the helm of Hilton Manila’s various food and beverage outlets: Kusina, an all-day dining restaurant with interactive kitchens; Hua Ting, a restaurant that specializes in authentic Shanghainese cuisine; and Madison, modern café lounge that captures the urban view of New York City.  

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Hilton Manila team. It’s my first time working in the Philippines, and I’m not only here to share my culinary expertise but also to go back to my roots,” enthused Leslie.

He continued, “My team and I are introducing an exciting lineup of signature dishes and drinks to our food and beverage outlets. We’re going back to the basics by using traditional methods of cooking, no shortcuts. We’ll be making use of the freshest locally sourced ingredients to help local farmers and promote sustainability, as well as advocating healthier dining.”

Hilton Manila is located at 1 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay.

Topics: Hilton Manila , Dennis Leslie , Raymond Blanc , Adelaide Oval , Christophe Gravois
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