Jean-Georges Vongerichten Makes West Coast Debut at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
After much speculation, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — Beny Alagem’s high-profile $200 million hotel set to open in early 2017 next to The Beverly Hilton — has announced a partnership with famed New York City-based restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. “As the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will be in a way the iconic brand’s first debut on the west coast, we thought that Jean-Georges would be the perfect partner for us,” says the hotel’s managing director, Luc Delafosse, noting that this will also mark Vongerichten’s entree into the California market.
The acclaimed three-star Michelin chef will oversee not one, but two eateries at the 170-room luxury property, located at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards: a fine dining destination on the ground floor, as well as a more casual restaurant and bar by the 13th-story rooftop pool, both open to the public seven days a week.
“The main restaurant and bar on the ground floor will have two entrances, one from the lobby of the hotel, and one directly from the outside,” Delafosse says. “There will be an express lift directly from the ground floor of the hotel to the 13th floor where the rooftop is located,” he adds, which will feature sweeping panoramic views from Hollywood all the way to the ocean.
Renowned designer Pierres-Yves Rochon has been tapped to create the interiors for the entire hotel, and will be bringing his signature sophistication to the restaurants as well. “You will enter the main restaurant at the bar — a very long counter in front of bay windows overlooking the terrace — together with some seating arrangements alongside the bar, and then you will move into the main dining room, and at the end of the restaurant there will be a private dining room for about 20-25 people,” Delafosse explains. “All of this will be complimented by a very nice outdoor terrace. There was particular attention made to the landscaping in order to really create a California sense — you see a lot of trees in Beverly Hills, and there will be a way to actually bring this into the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.”
Drawing on the abundance of Los Angeles’s local ingredients and vendors, the cuisine will be French-inspired farm-to-table, with California, Asian and South American influences. “I’m excited to have found the perfect partner to make my West Coast debut and bring my culinary passion to one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands,” says Vongerichten. “I truly value the opportunity to bring exquisite food and discerning guests together in one place and look forward to becoming a part of the Beverly Hills community, bringing a new inspiring environment to life and having a presence in California for the first time.”
COMING SOON: A digital rendering of the new fine dining restaurant. (Photo: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills)