The Palms Hotel & Spa appoints Mr. Patrick Kemmache as the new Director of Food & Beverage. Kemmache joins the executive team at a vital point, as the property prepares for its first fall and holiday travel season since completion of a $20 million renovation project and garnering of the AAA 4-Diamond status earlier this year.

“The addition of Mr. Kemmache is essential to The Palms’ goal of providing an unforgettable culinary experience to our guests,” said Katja Janzon, Vice President at The Palms Hotel & Spa. “His experience and success in the industry will assist us in continuing to develop our team, enabling us to provide exceptional service and unique food & beverage experiences in a sophisticated yet natural environment.”

Kemmache oversees dining and bar operations, culinary and purchasing functions, staffing, quality control, and profitability of the property’s food & beverage venues including the signature “natural gourmet” restaurant, Essensia, and all other dining outlets, as well as corporate meetings execution and social catering/banquets. He is responsible for maintaining the highest possible standards of products and service, embracing the hotel’s philosophy of proving tasteful and wholesome fare with a focus on utilizing local, organic, healthful, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, while operating in The Palms “green” environment and adhering to Florida Green Lodging Association’s guidelines for excellence.

With more than 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Kemmache most recently served as the Director of Food & Beverage for The Delano Hotel/Morgans Hotels and Resorts, operated by China Grill Management. Prior to this position, he served as Director of Food & Beverage of The Umstead Hotel & Spa in North Carolina, the only 5-Star/5-Diamond property in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Kemmache has achieved many prestigious accolades such as 5-Star and 5-Diamond ratings, induction into the James Beard Foundation, and numerous Food & Beverage “Executive of the Year” awards. He holds a Culinary Degree from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Paris and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Paris

About Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

Essensia awakens the senses with natural gourmet cuisine and indulgent cocktails in a sensuous and relaxing ambiance. The menu offers patrons a tasteful and wholesome variety of fresh and light worldly fare with a genuine focus on utilizing local, organic, and seasonal ingredients, and a wide selection of low calorie Spa selections. Essensia’s exclusive wine list is committed to being highly sustainable, organic or biodynamic and has been selected for sharing Essensia’s mission to be good for you and the environment. Essensia is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The Palms offers complimentary valet parking with dinner, up to 3 hours. For restaurant reservations, please call 305.908.5458

About The Palms Hotel & Spa

Just minutes from the heart of South Beach, The Palms Hotel & Spa combines genuine service, laid-back sophistication and oceanfront serenity into a destination where complete wellness and environmental awareness are at the center of each experience. Privately owned and managed by The Krause family, who also own the boutique-style Circa 39 in Miami Beach, The Palms sits on its own stretch of beach just 12 miles from Miami International Airport. The Palms Hotel & Spa is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts as well as Epoque Hotels. For reservations or further information, please call 800.550.0505 or visit www.thepalmshotel.com.

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