Today, Pan Pacific London announced the appointment of Cherish Finden as Executive Pastry Chef. This boundary-breaking pastry chef, born in Singapore, has over 30 years of international experience and will be responsible for creating the hotel's entire pastry collection. She takes the role following a stint as Creative Development Chef at an internationally renowned luxurious chocolatier.
Famed for re-defining the art of patisserie, Cherish, currently appearing as a judge on Channel 4's Bake Off: The Professionals, is recognised as one of the top pastry chefs in the world and will be creating an innovative, imaginative and irresistible menu. In addition, guests can look forward to a 'slice of Singapore' on the afternoon tea menu along with traditional favourites, making the offering decadent and intriguing.
The appointment sees Cherish's return to Pan Pacific, with her first professional position being at Pan Pacific Singapore in 1991. In a career that has lasted over thirty years, Cherish can boast heading the pastry offering at some of the world's most exclusive hotels, including Raffles Hotel Singapore, The Sheraton Tower Singapore, and The Langham London. Her career has also seen her appear on numerous television shows including as a judge for Channel 4's Bake Off - The Professionals, MasterChef and James Martin Saturday Kitchen. Cherish was recently honoured to be chosen to present the Gold Standard of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Buckingham Palace. She has also been a judge for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence and the Association of Pastry Chefs. In 2015 she was awarded The Macallan Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Gourmet Summit.
Recent Appointments at Pan Pacific
6 May 2020 — Pan Pacific London announced the appointment of Lorraine Sinclair as Executive Chef. Located in London's new landmark tower, One Bishopsgate Plaza, this multi-award-winning chef returns to her home country, following years honing her craft at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, where she was Director of Culinary Operations for four years.
28 August 2019 — Paul Flett has been named as the new General Manager at Parkroyal Parramatta, moving into the role vacated recently by new Tourism Accommodation Australia National CEO, Michael Johnson.
Returning to the Pan Pacific Hotels Group and to Australia from his most recent post overseas at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka in Bangladesh, Flett also brings experience at Parkroyal Darling Harbour in Sydney, where he oversaw the engineering, front office, restaurants, bars, events and housekeeping teams before being promoted to General Manager three years ago.
29 July 2019 — The board of directors of UOL Group, parent company of Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG), has announced that Choe Peng Sum will be appointed CEO of PPHG with effect from September 1, 2019.
In his new role, Choe will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of PPHG's hotels and serviced apartments, marketing and brand standards, as well as business development and expansion of the group's hospitality business under the Pan Pacific and Parkroyal brands.