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Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Welcomes Mridul Bhatt, New Executive Chef

Mridul Bhatt
Publish Date: 05-Jul-2017

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Since 1915, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has offered culinary experiences for every occasion; the creativity and passion is evident in every dish the hotel’s award winning culinary team prepares. This iconic landmark was imagined to be a part of the new railway system and set high on the hillside to welcome newcomers to Edmonton. The hotel’s offering of world-class Fairmont cuisine, has also never been outrivaled; in the spirit of its ever evolving authentic dining, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald welcomes the newest member of its executive team, Mridul (MREE-DUAL) Bhatt (BAT) as Executive Chef.

“Since the MAC was returned to its former glory and reopened in 1991, we’ve had eight (now nine) executive chefs lead our culinary teams – it’s no easy feat. We look forward to welcome the talent of Chef Bhatt and have him share his global culinary theories and techniques with our team and our guests,” said Garrett Turta, general manager.

With over a decade of international culinary experience, a life-long passion for cooking and a delightfully, creative approach that appeals to all palates, Chef will oversee cuisine for eight banquet and meeting rooms, in-room dining department, and two hotel dining outlets, The Harvest Room and The Confederation Lounge.

“After 13 years in the industry, it’s a dream come true to lead a Fairmont hotel culinary team in the heart of a city building up its culinary name. I look forward to being a part of this exciting growth and serving up tasteful memories,” said Mridul Bhatt, executive chef.

In the quest to find a new executive chef, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald scanned the globe, and received applications from as far as Egypt, Estonia and Singapore, only to find that the right man for the job was already a part of the Fairmont family. "We are thrilled to now have Chef Bhatt in Edmonton and to bring our guests a fresh dining experience that has modern sophistication and classic charm," said Turta.

Executive Chef Bhatt is excited to join Hotel Macdonald and take all of the current local commitments initiatives to the next level. “I sincerely cannot wait to further develop the honeybee program, from adding one more hive to make a total of three hives in the gardens, to innovate ways to foster and grow a sustainable herb garden, and to work with local farmers, such as Prairie Gardens, Sunworks Farms, and the Morinville Colony Egg Barn to name a few,” said Bhatt.

Executive Chef Bhatt’s first upcoming event will be Royal Tea in the Queen Elizabeth II Suite to take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The exclusive tea event will have limited seating and be an experience like no other. Reservations are still available and can be made by calling 780 777 9818.

Discover Executive Chef Bhatt on Instagram @chefmridul and follow the #MACandChefBhatt journey.

High-resolution photos available upon request.

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ABOUT CHEF MRIDUL BHATT

Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Mridul reflected his culinary inclination at a young age. After graduating in Hotel Management from India, Mridul sharpened his skills by completing his apprenticeship at the Prestigious Taj Hotel, New Delhi.

Chef Bhatt's Bio
Chef's Summer Recipe 

CHEF’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS2005: Pre-opening team for India’s first Marriott Hotel
2008: Opening team with Four Seasons Mumbai
2008: The award-winning AAA five diamond Four Seasons Hotel in California
2009: Returned to India- Banquet Chef, Four Seasons Mumbai, later joined JW Marriott, Pune
2012: Joined Fairmont, as Senior Sous Chef at Fairmont Jaipur. Here he was appointed to be the Chef Judge on Master Chef India, Season 3.
2013: Moved to Canada and joined Fairmont Waterfront
2017: Joined Fairmont Hotel Macdonald as Executive Chef.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTEL MACDONALD

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has long been known as the most elegant hotel in Edmonton and is lovingly referred to as 'The Mac.' After four years of construction, the Hotel, named after Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, opened its doors on July 05, 1915 and was destined to become the centre of Edmonton's social life. Situated high on the bank overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley, the seven-story Grand Trunk Pacific Hotel (faced with Indiana limestone and roofed with copper) was built and furnished at a cost of about $2,250,000 (over $35 million today). The characteristic Chateau style, an adaptation of French 16th Century castles, was first brought to Canada in 1892. After more than half a century of glamour, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald closed its doors in 1983 after the Universiade Games, as it had fallen into a state of disrepair. On January 08, 1985, the City of Edmonton designated the Hotel as a Municipal Heritage Resource (and thereby saving it from the wrecking ball) and was the first building in Edmonton to receive this special designation. Five heritage areas are included in the designation: The building exterior, The Confederation Lounge, the Lobby, the Wedgwood Room, and the Empire Ballroom.

ABOUT FAIRMONT

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

For further information contact:
Joslyn Black
Communications Manager
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
780 429 6415
Joslyn.Black@fairmont.com