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Friday, September 19, 2014

Five star Swissôtel Sydney appoints executive chef Thomas Heinrich to lead their culinary vision

Swissôtel Sydney has appointed an internationally celebrated Executive Chef to lead their culinary vision at the five star hotel.

Thomas Heinrich

Thomas Heinrich boasts a range of experience from some of America and Canada's top restaurants, earning him much praise among their national culinary scenes.

Sydney-born Thomas began his career locally at Basil's Seafood Restaurant, developing his experience working at several local eateries before taking his passion for natural local ingredients to New York.

There, he landed the prestigious role of Sous Chef at the highly acclaimed Fifty Seven Fifty Seven restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Returning to Australia, he accepted the role of Executive Chef at Sydney's fine dining restaurant Deep Blue Bistro.

However, Thomas was drawn back to the US soon after, where he undertook the role of Chef de Cuisine at Michelin star-awarded Seasons Restaurant at Four Seasons Chicago.

He then took over the culinary operations as Executive Sous Chef at Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt's flagship property, before quickly being promoted to Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

In every destination he has worked Thomas has embraced the region's local ingredients. The talented chef has developed a passion and aptitude for mixing and matching Australia's native produce with more traditional flavours. This can be seen through his new spring menu at JPB, the hotels signature urban eatery, which launched this week. Food really will imitate art with locally sourced and seasonally inspired dishes such as a la minute smoked ora king salmon with avocado terrine and lemon myrtle fluid gel.

Thomas says: “I like to let Mother Nature speak for herself by using local ingredients and letting traditional flavours shine – within the one creative and considered dish. I'm looking forward to bringing this longstanding philosophy to Swissôtel Sydney.

“My menu will take each diner on a journey of flavour, colour and texture, with meals cooked from the heart, with the integrity of each ingredient in mind.”

Aussies also have the opportunity see their favourite spring dish featured on the menu of JPB, by posting an entrée, main or dessert to Swissotel Sydney Facebook page using the hashtag #springatjpb.

The most creative, locally sourced and seasonally inspired entry will win a chance to create their dish with Chef Thomas, dine with a friend at JPB to sample their creation and have their dish featured on the menu.

The promotion will run until Friday 26 September, with the winner being announced on Monday 29 September. Further competition details can be found on

About Swissôtel Sydney

Swissôtel Sydney is located in the heart of Sydney's Central Business District, overlooking the historic Queen Victoria Building. Discover the re-introduction of the classic hotel bar or enjoy an elegant dinner in Just pure bistro. With a passion for perfection, Swissôtel Sydney is your home away from home.


Twitter: @SwissotelSyd

About Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts got its start in Switzerland, a country known for big mountains and equally high standards of living. Its contemporary Swiss style and locally inspired flair attracts business and leisure travelers who enjoy high-end hotels but prefer fresh innovation to stale pretension. Conveniently located where travelers want to be, Swissôtel provides guests with the opportunity to stay in the heart of city centers worldwide where access to business and shopping districts are right around the corner. With two new resorts in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Swissôtels can be found in over 30 well-located properties around the world. As guests of the world, every Swissôtel upholds Swiss sustainability standards. In fact, Swissôtel has a mission: to treat guests, team members, and the environment with equal respect. Swissôtel is part of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with over 110 hotels under the Raffles, Fairmont, and Swissôtel brands. But no matter how international Swissôtel becomes, just like the country it was founded in, it remains a small hotel at heart. For more information or reservations, please visit

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