Kempinski Jakarta Announces New Food and Beverage Appointments
11 June 2015, Jakarta – Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, the country’s leading heritage hotel, is proud to announce two new appointments to its culinary departments. Swedish-born Mathias Olsson joins the hotel as executive chef, and Frederik Van den Borre is the hotel’s new director of food and beverage.
Mathias Olsson previously held positions that included executive chef at the Sheraton Hua Hin and Sheraton Pranburi Villas in Thailand, as well as executive chef at Kempinski Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana. He regards Asia as his home having spent nine years here, and was a kickboxing champion when he was only 15 prior to his first position serving in the Royal Swedish Navy as a chef. Despite his love of martial arts, he believes that trust, not force, is key when it comes to managing his team.
Meanwhile, German-born Frederik Van den Borre most recently lead the food & beverage operations at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Turkey, prior to which he was food & beverage manager and then director of food & beverage at Kempinski Nile Hotel in Egypt. Frederik is an avid photographer in his spare time, and whilst he is married to a spa consultant, he admits to not being a big fan of massages.
Hotel Indonesia Jakarta General Manager Alex Pichel said, “We are proud to bring to the hotel two more experts in the culinary world. We know how important cuisine is in Indonesian culture and that eating and drinking are the centrepieces of most people’s social lives. I am sure that both Mathias and Frederik will strengthen our already-talented team, and I am glad to welcome them aboard.”