The Joseph Nashville Announces Three New Appointments
NASHVILLE–The Joseph, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville, is pleased to announce the appointment of three team members: Oscar Fonseca as executive chef; Don Brookshire as director of food and beverage; and Ricardo Lutchman as director of rooms. These accomplished industry professionals continue to reinforce The Joseph Nashville as the leading property for luxury hospitality and service in the heart of Nashville by bringing their expertise to the hotel’s culinary and rooms programs.
The talented, Oscar Fonseca joins The Joseph Nashville as executive chef overseeing the culinary team across all of the hotel’s distinct dining outlets, including Yolan, fine Italian restaurant; Denim, a rooftop bar; and soon-to-open Four Walls, an intimate cocktail lounge. Working closely with the hotel’s food and beverage partner, Chef Tony Mantuano, Fonseca is responsible for menu creation, prioritizing ingredients from local Nashville area purveyors to thoughtfully incorporate Tennessee produce into dishes. Fonseca comes to The Joseph Nashville with a 13-year history of impressive culinary experience from time at celebrated west coast hotels, including The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA; The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA; and Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, CA.
As director of food and beverage, Don Brookshire oversees the daily functions of The Joseph Nashville’s unique dining venues, as well as the in-room dining program and banquet offerings, also working closely with hotel food and beverage partners, Chef Tony Mantuano and wine expert Cathy Mantuano. Throughout his 20-year career, Brookshire has led hotel operations and food and beverage teams at several prestigious hotel brands, including Waldorf Astoria and Omni Hotels & Resorts, as well as iconic and boutique properties across the country such as The Plaza in New York, NY and Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, MA.
Ricardo Lutchman brings more than one decade of experience in operations management to his new role as director of rooms at The Joseph Nashville. Lutchman oversees day-to-day operations and activities of rooms departments, including housekeeping services, front office, concierge, and guest services, as well as manages the hotel’s full-service luxury spa and salon, Rose. Lutchman comes to Nashville having recently served as director of operations for Hotel Emeline in Charleston, SC. In his career, Lutchman has worked in various operations and guest services roles throughout Texas.
“The addition of Oscar, Don and Ricardo to our collaborative team helps to further support The Joseph Nashville’s goal to be a leader among the hospitality and culinary scene in Nashville,” said Mark Yanke, general manager of The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville. “As our teams work together to unveil new programs and amenities at The Joseph Nashville this year, the leadership experience of our new team members will be instrumental in the development and implementation of these thoughtful and bespoke experiences for our visitors. The trio’s passion and drive are the perfect addition to our culture-driven organization.”