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London: Joel Antunes returns to launch fine dining at Park Plaza South Bank

Antunes will be responsible for the hotel’s 200-seat signature restaurant, 30-seat sushi restaurant, premium coffee shop, lounge, bar and signature pastry counter.
 
Antunes first hit the London restaurant scene in 1991 as Executive Chef and Partner of Michelin-starred Les Saveurs. Since then, he has launched a multi-award winning eponymous venture, Joel Restaurant in America, as well as holding executive chef positions with the Ritz Carlton Dining Room in Atlanta and the Oak Room at The Plaza in New York.
 
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Antunes has worked in some of the world’s leading kitchens including Paul Bocuse and Troisgros, Meneau and Maximin in his native France; stages with The Connaught and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison in the UK; as well as spending time in Asia’s best restaurants including Kiyomi Mikuni Restaurant, Tokyo, and three years overseeing the dining room of the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
 
Joel Antunes said: “The restaurant scene has changed dramatically in the decade since I last worked here – people are so much better educated about food and wine and London is now one of the most exciting food capitals of the world.”
 
Andrew Swindells, General Manager, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, said: “Joel is hugely respected within the industry and his many years of experience heading up the kitchens of some of the world’s finest hotels means he is the perfect chef to propel Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London into a class of its own when it comes to dining in the capital.” Between now and the launch of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London in early 2010, Antunes will concentrate on creating all menu offerings and developing a brigade of chefs to support the ambitious launch.
 
Opening early next year on London’s South Bank, the £350 million Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London will be the largest purpose built hotel to open in the capital in a generation. The hotel will feature unparalleled views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, more than 1,000 guest rooms, 2,700 square metres of meeting space including a 1,200 square metre ballroom and a luxury spa.
 
About Park Plaza Hotels: Park Plaza Hotels Limited is owner, operator and franchisor of hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The majority of the group’s hotels operate under the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand (part of Carlson Hotels Worldwide), over which the Group has exclusive rights in 56 countries in EMEA, or art’otel, a brand which the company fully owns.
 
Park Plaza Hotels also manages the luxury all-suite Plaza on the River – Club and Residence, London. Through it strategic partnership with Carlson, one of the world’s largest travel and hospitality companies, Park Plaza Hotels has access to Carlson’s powerful reservation and distribution system, airline partnerships with 21 airlines, loyalty programmes such as goldpointsplusSM for guests and Look To Book® for travel agents and cross-selling opportunities.
 
There are currently over 35 hotels and aparthotels and nearly 7,000 rooms in the Group’s portfolio. By the end of 2012, the Group’s committed projects and territorial franchise agreements are expected to increase the number of rooms to over 13,000.
 
Projects under development include Park Plaza Marrakech (2009), art’otel marrakech (2009), art’otel cologne (2010), Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London (2010), Park Plaza Nuremberg (2010), art’otel amsterdam (2011) and art’otel london hoxton (2012). Park Plaza Hotels’ shares are admitted for trading on London’s AIM Stock Market.
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