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Trump SoHo New York Appoints Brian Lee as Executive Chef

Monday, April 28, 2014
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Trump SoHo® New York, the first Trump Hotel Collection property in downtown Manhattan and the neighborhood’s only AAA Five Diamond rated hotel, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Lee as executive chef overseeing culinary operations for the 391-room hotel. With more than ten years of experience in the hospitality industry, Chef Lee has held leadership positions at several of the finest hotels, restaurants and private clubs in the New York metropolitan area. Widely regarded in the culinary industry for his talent and passion for local and seasonal fare, Chef Lee will oversee all in-room dining and banquet catering for Trump SoHo.

“Brian has been recognized throughout his career for being a visionary chef and corporate trainer, creating compelling yet approachable menu concepts and leveraging in-depth knowledge to significantly increase operational efficiency,” said Andreas Oberoi, general manager of Trump SoHo New York. “We look forward to implementing his unique approach to the signature private dining and event catering experiences at Trump SoHo.”

Regarding his new post, Chef Lee remarked, “I look forward to updating the menu and have been experimenting with some new dishes to fully leverage the fresh ingredients that we receive daily from our local purveyors. We work to ensure that our cuisine inspires and delights our discerning guests, and is a direct reflection of Trump SoHo’s unique standing as the area’s only full-service luxury hotel.”

Chef Lee is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and has held posts at New York’s iconic 21 Club restaurant, Four Seasons Restaurant in New York, and New York Hilton Midtown, among others. Born and raised in South Korea, Chef Lee was exposed to exceptional cuisine early on through his grandmother’s inspired dishes. An incredible chef, Chef Lee’s grandmother was evacuated from North Korea to South Korea during the Korean War, and in turn, merged traditional dishes from both regions to create something familiar, yet entirely new. The recipes were passed down to Chef Lee and, though his cuisine ranges in flavor and regional influence, these cherished flavors serve as a constant source of inspiration.

Chef Lee will leverage his expertise in international cuisine to oversee and expand upon Trump SoHo’s dining options. Global travelers feel right at home with the in-room dining menu’s unparalleled International Breakfast Meals, featuring authentic Chinese, European, Greek, Japanese, Mexican, and Scandinavian dishes. Also featured are Asian Delights, sandwiches inspired by Manhattan’s neighborhoods, and dedicated Little Italy all-day dining sections. Chef Lee will also oversee the dining component of the hotel’s Trump Wellness program. Launched in 2013 by Trump Hotel Collection, Trump Wellness includes Nourish, providing guests with an in-room dining menu of vegan, gluten-free and organic selections with complete nutritional values available, as well as Quick Bites, an express in-room menu that includes health-wise and delicious options that are designed to accommodate busy on-the-go lifestyles with delivery guaranteed in 15 minutes or less. All menu items are developed by the hotel’s culinary team and made from certified organic ingredients that are sourced locally and delivered fresh daily.

In his new role, Chef Lee will also manage banquet operations for Trump SoHo, which boasts over 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. The stylish and customizable venues provide the perfect backdrop for downtown’s most spectacular weddings, social events, and corporate meetings. All of Trump SoHo’s events are planned with the assistance of the hotel’s special events team, directed by seasoned leaders with five-star hotel experience, providing each event with a personal touch. For more information on dining and events at Trump SoHo New York, please visit www.trumpsohohotel.com.

About Trump SoHo New York
Trump SoHo New York, the first luxury hotel in the neighborhood, has captured the attention of international travelers and sophisticated New Yorkers alike. Establishing a new paradigm of design, Trump SoHo brings together the master works of Handel Architects, for the 46-story shimmering glass tower, and Rockwell Group, for the creation of the interior spaces. The 391 spacious guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing unrivaled views of the city's spectacular skyline and the Hudson River. Trump SoHo currently has hotel condominiums available for purchase with prices beginning at $1.2 million. With just 12 rooms per floor, it has an intimate ambiance of sophistication and indulgence. Owners and hotel guests can enjoy signature restaurant, Koi SoHo, featuring an imaginative menu of contemporary Japanese cuisine and the seasonal poolside Bar d’Eau featuring light fare and cocktails. The Spa at Trump® with its two levels of pampering services provides New York its only authentic luxury Turkish hammams, and guests will enjoy the utmost in personal service with the Trump Attaché. For more information, please call (877) 828-7080 or visit www.trumpsohohotel.com. Find Trump SoHo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrumpSoHoNewYork and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TrumpSoHo.

For information on purchasing a hotel condominium at Trump SoHo:
For more information or to schedule a private appointment, call Gavriel Kahane at (212) 971-0111 ext. 167 or visit www.trumpsoho.com.

About TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™
Launched in October 2007, TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™ is the next generation of luxury hospitality – one that is raising the bar in the top-tier travel experience with a level of customized service unrivaled in the market today. Presided over by internationally renowned developer Donald J. Trump and his three grown children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – the prestigious portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk®, Trump SoHo® New York, Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama, and the newly opened Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®. TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION recently acquired and assumed operations of Miami’s iconic Doral® Golf Resort & Spa. Trump International Hotel™ Washington, D.C., a redevelopment of the historic Old Post Office building, is slated to open in 2016. Reservations can be made at www.TRUMPHOTELCOLLECTION.com or by calling (855) TRUMP-00 (878-6700). TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION is headquartered at Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Connect with TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION on its social media pages.

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