Russ is returning to his roots at QHotels after over 35 years of experience working in the hospitality industry, including a period as Executive Chef at the group’s Crewe Hall in Cheshire.
In his new role, Russ will be responsible for driving the food and drink offering of the group’s 26 four-star hotels across the UK, with a focus on innovation and quality.
Before returning to the group, Russ was Food and Beverage Director at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels, where he successfully launched a number of independent restaurant brands into the portfolio, as well as a food and beverage training academy.
Michael Purtill, Managing Director of QHotels, said: “We serve a range of customers at QHotels, from leisure guests looking for a relaxed or special dining experience, to conference and events delegates who need energising and sustaining food they can eat at their convenience. The challenge is to ensure our food and beverage service consistently exceeds expectations.
“The key is understanding our guests’ preferences and ensuring we keep our menus relevant and exciting. Our ‘Inspired by You’ ethos means we’re always listening, and recently we introduced the meal-ordering app TellTheChef, which is helping us identify and respond to the latest trends across our group.
“Russ will play a lead role in helping us deliver food and beverage excellence across our hotels, and bring in talented young chefs, who are inspired by the latest trends.”
Russ Brown said: “This is a fantastic move for me. I’m looking forward to going back to my roots at QHotels, which helped me establish my career in the hospitality industry many years ago. The emphasis and investment that QHotels is placing on food and beverage in the coming year and the opportunity to shape that is hugely exciting.”