News from Nairobi

News from Nairobi

24 Mar 2023

Andreas Mensch Appointed as the New Executive Chef at Kempinski Hotels, Kenya

Nairobi, 24 March 2023 - Petra Baumann, the general manager for Villa Rosa Kempinski and Olare Mara Kempinski, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new executive chef – Andreas Mensch.

Andreas graduated with distinction from the Berufsschule, Department for Chefs Lochau in Austria. His culinary repertoire flourished working in double-Michelin-star restaurant Korso bei der Opera, in Vienna. There, he had the opportunity to work under the renowned celebrity chef Gerer, during which time the restaurant achieved four toques from the esteemed Gault Millau.

His culinary career has grown exponentially from an apprentice chef to an executive chef position in just 12 years. Over the last 30 years, Andreas has worked for reputable hospitality brands such as Fairmont Hotels, Sofitel and Pullmans, and his career has seen him traverse the globe working in different destinations, including the USA, Norway, Russia, Latvia, Hungary, Jordan and Dubai. His most recent role before joining Kempinski Hotels involved spearheading the opening of the Pullman flagship in Georgia as an executive chef at Pullman Tbilisi Axis Towers.

Commenting on his appointment, General Manager Petra Baumann said, ‘We are glad to have Executive Chef Andreas join our team. With his extensive culinary experience, I am confident he will play a significant role in executing innovative food concepts and creating exquisite food offerings for both Villa Rosa Kempinski and Olare Mara Kempinski.’

His passion for excellence and pushing boundaries has seen him host an exclusive scent dinner with the renowned Chandler Burr, the famous New York Times perfume critic, as well as hosting lavish banquets for up to 1,500 guests and catering for dignitaries, including heads of state and diplomats.

He now joins Kempinski Hotels as an executive chef, overseeing the culinary portfolio for both Villa Rosa Kempinski and Olare Mara Kempinski, Kenya. He’s expected to elevate the culinary offering at both properties, infused with his global flair and impressive hospitality experience.