Press Release Date: 23 Sep, 2009

The Royal Horseguards hotel in Whitehall, which was officially awarded five-star status earlier this year, has appointed Xavier Mouret to the role of executive chef.

Paris-born Xavier Mouret joins The Royal Horseguards from the Landmark London Hotel where he worked under executive chef G. Klaner at the 2AA Rosettes Winter Garden restaurant.

Prior to this Xavier worked at both Claridges and the Chicago Water Tower Hotel (Sofitel) where he was responsible for all catering options during the hotel opening. Xavier also brings with him over 6 years experience working in 1 – 2 Michelin star restaurants across Paris.

As part of his remit at the 281 room historic Whitehall hotel, Xavier will oversee the hotel’s banqueting in One Whitehall Place in addition to the entire food and beverage offering of The Royal Horseguards hotel with the specific task of lifting the hotel’s restaurant to 3 AA Rosette standard.

“I’m thrilled and excited to be given this opportunity” said Xavier, “The Royal Horseguards regularly welcomes politicians, statesmen and diplomats from all over the world through its doors due to its location in the heart of Whitehall. Therefore the catering offering needs to be up there with some of the best in the world. Currently it’s good. We intend to make it exceptional.”

He continued, “In order to do this, we’re looking for a strong head chef who can bring an unrivalled focus on quality with the ability to deliver an exceptional dining experience every time. We want to make The Royal Horseguards and its restaurant consistently excellent; to do this we need a world-class head chef.”

The appointment is the first step in the hotels’ plans to further enhance their food and beverage offering with a £5m investment in the refurbishment and re-design of the restaurant, lounge and bar spaces. The investment will be in addition to the £16m investment spent last year to bring the hotel to 5star standard.

The Royal Horseguards general manager Jon Beecroft commented, “We’re so excited to welcome Xavier to the team and we’re looking forward to seeing his influence lifting the hotel’s dining experience.  We have our eyes firmly set on those three AA rosettes…”

The Royal Horseguards intends to fill the head chef role as soon as possible, before then moving forward with further £5m investment and refurbishment plans. The hotel intends to see the refurbishment complete in early 2010.