Javier Lopez has been appointed Executive Chef of Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
By the age of 18 he knew what he wanted to do and, after a culinary arts degree in Barcelona, the first 10 years of his career, Javier focused more on learning the profession of a chef in perfecting culinary techniques and holding positions. with renowned chefs from Michelin starred restaurants, such as Sea Grill in Brussels and with Gert Jan Raven from Antwerp. After that he returned home as an executive chef at the Fira de Barcelona. His career has taken him to different corners of the world and in 2008 he had his first experience with the Baltic States as an executive chef at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius in Cathedral Square, Lithuania. From 2018, Javier gained his experience in South East Asia as Cluster Ex Chef at Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor & Belmond La Residence Phou Vao. Javier is no stranger to Riga, having worked for three years in the Latvian capital from 2008 to 2011 and having also participated in the pre-opening of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in 2017.
With a natural flair for the culinary arts coupled with his passionate Mediterranean spirit, Javier will be a key addition to the hotel’s continued success in the food and beverage arena. Javier’s culinary philosophy is to use natural ingredients, with a strong focus on quality organic vegetables or a so-called farm-to-table approach. It defends sustainability and ensures the protection and preservation of the environment. It also supports minimum waste values and takes a harmonious and sensitive approach to the environment and the cultural environment. Of Spanish nationality, Javier is fluent in English, Russian and French, in addition to his mother tongue.
Warren Brown – Executive Chef
May 4, 2021 – The luxury golf resort has appointed a new British chef, Warren Brown, whose background is the recipe for innovation and culinary masterpieces. Warren was trained in French cuisine, worked alongside two Michelin star recipient Anton Mosimann OBE and Daniel Galmiche (a Michelin star recipient since 1990), was on board the “British MasterChef” and traveled throughout the world, working in various regions (Europe, Shanghai, Dubai, Korea, etc.