Wed, 9 Oct 2019

Four Seasons Riyadh Appoints Leonardo Concezzi as Director of F&B

Leonardo Concezzi has joined the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre as Director of Food and Beverage.

Born in Italy, Leonardo’s international journey began at the age of 19 when he left his home country for a job as a chef in Miami, USA.

Leonardo’s natural talent and dedication to his craft soon opened doors to many new opportunities, which led to him entering the luxury hotel industry in the year 2000.

Leonardo Concezzi. Click to enlarge.

Since then, he has further honed his knowledge and skills at renowned 5-star properties in Australia, the Bahamas, Italy, Morocco, Syria, Thailand, Turkey and the UAE.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome a craftsman of Leonardo’s calibre to Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. His extensive international experience and deep knowledge of fine dining will play a key role in further elevating the guest experience in our acclaimed restaurants,” said Guenter Gebhard, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. “Leonardo’s culinary expertise and passion for food make him an outstanding addition to our team, and I am confident that his appointment will enable us to take the Hotel’s food and beverage offerings to new heights.”

Initiating fresh concepts and launching new restaurants has been a common theme throughout Leonardo’s career, and his talents have been recognised through several awards, including a prestigious Michelin star during his tenure at Torre Dei Galluzzi restaurant in Bologna, Italy.

While working as an executive chef in Sardinia in 2009, he was nominated by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey to open Gordon Ramsey at Forte Village.

He has also been invited to create special menus for many renowned eateries around the world as a guest chef.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the team at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre, a beautiful property with a reputation for culinary excellence. I’m looking forward working with the team to bring some fresh ideas to menus, while maintaining the rich traditions that have established the hotel as one of Riyadh’s most sought-after dining destinations,” said Leonardo Concezzi.

Leonardo studied at the prestigious Instituto Alberghiero di Spoleto in Perugia, Italy, where he obtained a hotel management degree in the field of culinary arts and related services.

During his free time, Leonardo enjoys long-distance running, kite surfing, and reading.

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