Hotel Valencia Santana Row announced the appointment of Martelle Lorenz as executive chef. Chef Lorenz will shape the offerings at Spanish-inspired eatery, Oveja Negra, Vbar, and rooftop bar Cielo, as well as in-room dining, banquets, and any additional culinary programs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Martelle to the Hotel Valencia Santana Row team,” says Hotel Valencia Santana Row’s food and beverage director, Juan Barba. “Chef Lorenz’s accumulated culinary and leadership knowledge makes him the ideal leader of culinary operations at the property. We are certain that his unique skillset and passion for hospitality will provide guests with a unique, high-quality experience at Oveja Negra, complying with our dedication to serve locals and visitors alike and provide memorable dining experiences.”
MARTELLE LORENZ, EXECUTIVE CHEF
Chef Lorenz brings more than two decades of culinary experience to his new role as executive chef of Hotel Valencia Santana Row. He was most recently the director of food and beverage at Latitude Margaritaville in Hilton Head and previously served as executive chef at Kessler Collection’s Mansion on Forsyth Park and Hyatt Andaz Savannah. Additional experience includes executive chef at The Appalachia, Angus Pensacola, Mitchell’s Fish Market and P.F. Chang’s. In his new role, Chef Lorenz is responsible for overseeing the entirety of culinary operations at the property including menu ideation, procurement, personnel management and catering.
Having gained a culinary arts diploma and business administration degree in North Carlina at Wesleyan University, Chef Lorenz combined his culinary background and strong understanding of leadership to pursue his passion for the food industry. Throughout his years working in hospitality management, Chef Lorenz quickly became skilled in culinary demonstrations, classes, cooking expos and onsite and offsite catering experiences going above and beyond his role requirements.
With a breadth of experience leading teams, training new hires, planning menus and surpassing business goals, Chef Lorenz brings superb management expertise, while putting unique experiences and quality customer service at the forefront of his leadership, further enhancing the talent Hotel Valencia’s culinary portfolio.
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