Here's a name to remember for foodies in Istanbul: Çırağan Palace Kempinski has named Michael Braun as its new food and beverage director. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Braun will oversee all operations for the hotel’s catering and food and beverage divisions including Tugra Restaurant & Lounge.
Prior to his new position at Çırağan, Braun served as the executive assistant manager food & beverage at the Park Hyatt, Abu Dhabi and before that as director of food and beverage at the Grand Hyatt Doha where he developed restaurant concepts, recruited more than 200 team members and performed all in-flight catering and grooming training for Amiri Flight, the private VVIP airline operating exclusively for the Qatar Royal Family and government officials.
Braun started his career as a banquet chef at the Munich Hilton. He later joined the Hyatt group as a waiter, and within two years became assistant restaurant manager at the Vox Restaurant. He also served as pre-opening support of Park Hyatt, Paris Vendome where he was responsible for implementing food and beverage standards and at Park Hyatt Zurich where he developed all of the menus and managed staff training. He then transferred to the Hyatt Regency Dubai as assistant director of food and beverage where he successfully completed the refurbishment and re-opening of the hotel and its food and beverage division, including room service, banquets, catering services, five restaurants, two bars and one night club and was eventually promoted to director.
Braun is a German national and speaks fluent English and moderate French. For more information, visit www.kempinski.com/istanbul.