Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, the 202-room hotel located in the heart of New Orleans' Central Business District, announces today the appointment of Samuel Peery as executive chef. In his new role overseeing the hotel's food and beverage program, Chef Peery will lead the kitchen and develop new and exciting menus for Hotel Fontenot's restaurant and bar concepts, including the elevated and energetic cocktail lounge Peacock Room, neighborhood café Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats, and a new concept coming early next year, along with expanded banquet and event catering service.
Chef Peery brings over 15 years of diverse professional kitchen leadership and management to the position, where he'll work alongside Restaurant and Bar General Manager Jessica Retif. Peery, an East Tennessee native whose cooking experiences have taken him around the country as well as Italy and France, has a deep appreciation for authenticity and terroir which lead him to taking great pride in product knowledge and sourcing. Chef Peery will draw inspiration and creativity from his vast cooking experiences in Modern American, Italian, French, Creole and Southern cuisines to introduce new permanent and seasonal menu items to delight patrons and further elevate the property's culinary profile.
Chef Peery joins Kimpton Hotel Fontenot from New Orleans fine-dining establishment Restaurant R'evolution in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, where he held the position of chef de cuisine and worked alongside renowned Cajun and Creole chef John Folse. In addition to being responsible for the restaurant's reopening after an 8-month closure, Chef Peery oversaw all menu execution and kitchen operations as well as private tasting menus and wine dinners. Prior to Restaurant R'evolution, he worked as executive sous chef at Martis Camp, a very exclusive private resort community in Truckee, California, where he oversaw culinary operations for six restaurant outlets as well as banquet operations. He also used his expertise as a certified sommelier in partnerships with prestigious wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Chef Peery holds a Culinary Arts degree from Cook Street School of Fine Cooking in Denver, Colorado, as well as an Advanced Culinary Arts degree from the Accademia Italiana Della Cucina in Piedmont, Italy. Peery also earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communications from East Tennessee State University.