QHotels new F&B director returns to his roots


QHotels has appointed Russ Brown as its new food and beverage director, who returns to his roots at the hotel group after more than 35 years of experience working in the hospitality industry.

In his new role, Brown will be responsible for driving the food and drink offering at all the group’s 26 four-star hotels across the UK, with a focus on innovation and quality.

He moved from his role as group director of food and beverage at Radisson Edwardian Hotels, where he was for over three years, and launched a number of independent restaurant brands into the portfolio, as well as a food and beverage training academy.

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Michael Purtill, managing director of QHotels, said: “The challenge is to ensure our food and beverage service consistently exceeds expectations.

“The key is understanding our guests’ preferences and ensuring we keep our menus relevant and exciting. Our ‘Inspired by You’ ethos means we’re always listening, and recently we introduced the meal-ordering app TellTheChef, which is helping us identify and respond to the latest trends across our group.

“Russ will play a lead role in helping us deliver food and beverage excellence across our hotels, and bring in talented young chefs, who are inspired by the latest trends.”

Brown said: “I’m looking forward to going back to my roots at QHotels, which helped me establish my career in the hospitality industry many years ago. The emphasis and investment that QHotels is placing on food and beverage in the coming year and the opportunity to shape that is hugely exciting.”