Hilton Executive Chef Brings New Expertise To The Gold Coast

This information originated in Australian English.

August 03, 2011

GOLD COAST, Australia - A chef with Hilton Hotels & Resorts for the past nine years, Thomas Pirker, has been appointed to the position executive chef at the new Hilton Surfers Paradise. With the official launch of the $700million complex scheduled for September, Pirker will oversee the hotel’s food and beverage operations, and will work alongside Australian restaurateur and celebrity Chef Luke Mangan to bring innovative new techniques and menu concepts to the Gold Coast.

Pirker has extensive national and international experience having first completed an apprenticeship at Hotel Arlberg Hospiz before moving to private hotels in Austria, Switzerland and Ireland.

Joining Hilton in 2002, Pirker commenced as a Chef Saucier at Hilton Basel in Switzerland where he then progressed to the role of Executive Sous Chef. Most recently, Pirker joins the Hilton Surfers Paradise teams after several years as the Sous Chef at Hilton Sydney and Executive Chef at Hilton Cairns. Based on the Gold Coast since mid-May, Pirker says he is looking forward to presenting the Gold Coast with a fresh and exciting culinary experience.

“I think we have the opportunity to push the boundaries in terms of the quality and freshness of the produce we select and serve and the originality of the menus we present,” Mr Pirker said. “I have spent quite some time exploring the local food experience, and am also working very closely with the best regional suppliers and farmers to ensure we secure only the highest quality for our guests. I am looking forward to developing the essence of what will become the food and beverage offering at Hilton Surfers Paradise.”

To register your interest in a booking for Salt grill at Hilton Surfers Paradise, call 07 5680 8000 or email surfersparadise.reservations@hilton.com.

Rates at the new Hilton Surfers Paradise start from $259 for a one bedroom residence and from $279 for a hotel room. For bookings visit www.hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au or phone 1300 445 866.

Contact:
Susan Perry
Hilton Surfers Paradise
Susan.perry@hilton.com

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