Hotel Emma at Pearl announced that Jorge Hernández will assume the role of Executive Chef overseeing all of the property’s renowned culinary destinations: Supper, Sternewirth, Larder, curated banquets, as well as in-room and poolside dining.
Chef Hernández joins the Hotel Emma team with over 15 years of experience and extensive Michelin training from his time working within the renowned THINKFOODGROUP, by culinary giant Chef José Andrés.
“As a San Antonio native, it brings me tremendous joy to return to my roots by joining the vanguard team at Hotel Emma. Throughout my career, I have eagerly witnessed the impressive growth and evolution of San Antonio’s culinary scene. And I am honored to embark on this next chapter of my life, to make my mark on the city and be a part of the timeless Hotel Emma story,” says Hotel Emma Executive Chef, Jorge Hernández, of his new role.
Previously Head Chef at Michelin 2-star minibar by José Andrés, Chef Hernández specializes in both traditional and avant-garde cuisine, culinary R&D, and using cooking to tell stories and create experiences. Most recently, Chef Hernández served as Culinary Director for The Mighty Union overseeing operations and culinary programming for the Carpenter Hotel ATX and the Suttle Lodge & Boathouse OR.
Chef Hernández will carry forth the torch from the esteemed John Brand, who previously served as Hotel Emma’s Executive Chef and will now assume the role of Director of Culinary Endeavors. John Brand will continue his split-time partnership with Pearl as he has for the last several years and will oversee the development and growth of Pearl as well as Hotel Emma’s culinary offerings throughout the US. He will lead the charge in national brand partnerships, collaborations, pop-ups, and much more. His efforts in this role will showcase Pearl and Hotel Emma’s unique culinary identity to a new and broadened audience.
Chef Hernández’s outstanding experience and talent are sure to elevate Hotel Emma’s culinary program to new heights. Under his culinary direction, Hotel Emma will continue to position itself as the premier culinary destination in and outside of Texas.
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