EXECUTIVE CHEF BRIAN ARMSTRONG APPOINTED
Dallas Thursday, July 11, 2013
Michael Musarra, General Manager of The Fairmont Dallas, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Armstrong as the hotel’s Executive Chef.
Most recently, Chef Armstrong served as Executive Sous Chef at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a AAA Five Diamond luxury property in Scottsdale, Arizona. Previously, Chef Armstrong held progressive culinary positions at The Fairmont Royal York as Sous Chef and at Fairmont Château Lake Louise as Executive Sous Chef.
“We are delighted to have Chef Armstrong here at The Fairmont Dallas,” said Musarra. “Upon his arrival, Chef Armstrong immediately immersed himself in our kitchen, establishing relationships with the culinary team and embracing our sustainable cuisine program with passion and vision. We look forward to implementing exciting new developments under his leadership.”
Over the course of his 20-year culinary career, Chef Armstrong has developed a culinary philosophy devoted to fresh, sustainable ingredients and an instinctive sense of balance. This ideology makes Chef Armstrong a natural fit at The Fairmont Dallas, where he will oversee all kitchen operations for The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar and hotel catering.
Born in Ottawa, Chef Armstrong discovered his love of cooking at an early age. As a young boy, he became captivated by the process of experimenting with new ingredients and cooking techniques. Pursuing his interest in the culinary field, Chef Armstrong attended George Brown College in Toronto, where he graduated with honors from the Advanced Apprenticeship program. He achieved the designation of Certified Chef de Cuisine from Humber College in Toronto.
Chef Armstrong will be responsible for menu creation and execution in The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar and all hotel food outlets. He plans to approach the new menus by refining familiar seasonal flavors to develop an elevated, authentically local dining experience. Fresh ingredients will hail from the 3,000-square-foot garden located on the hotel’s rooftop terrace where herbs, spices and numerous fruits and vegetables are tended to daily by Chef Armstrong and the hotel’s culinary team.
Sustainable, locally sourced ingredients will be featured in Chef Armstrong’s culinary offerings and he is actively establishing relationships with purveyors and farmers. “We have an opportunity to support global sustainability efforts by taking note of where food is sourced,” said Armstrong. “High-quality ingredients are uniquely pleasing to the palate, and educating ourselves can have a tremendous impact on future generations.”
“I draw inspiration from the pursuit of harmony in all my dishes – textures, flavors and all,” said Armstrong. “A perfect culinary balance creates an exquisite experience for guests, and at the end of the day that is what matters most.”
ABOUT THE FAIRMONT DALLAS
Located at 1717 N. Akard, The Fairmont Dallas is situated in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District, just steps from fine dining, shopping, arts and entertainment. The hotel’s 545 elegant guest rooms and luxury suites combine hospitality, comfort and that special Texas flair for an unrivaled experience. Fairmont Gold, an exclusive lifestyle experience, is designed to fulfill the needs of the discerning business executive and leisure traveler, with many of the comforts of home and more. The Fairmont Dallas hotel can accommodate your lodging needs for business or leisure, grand events, weddings, conferences, or intimate meetings. For more information or reservations visit fairmont.com/dallas or call 214-720-2020. Follow the hotel on Facebook at facebook.com/TheFairmontDallas and on Twitter at twitter.com/FairmontDallas.