Charles d’Ablaing appointed Executive Chef at Rosso, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 9, 2016) – Renowned Kansas City chef Charles d’Ablaing has been named Executive Chef at Rosso, the award-winning restaurant at the acclaimed Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza. d’Ablaing, who most recently completed a four year stint at Chaz on the Plaza at the Raphael Hotel, brings to Rosso an eye for colorful, visually appealing dishes that are flavorful, satisfying and creative.

“Great dishes are a brilliant marriage of ingredients that come together, complementing each other so every bite is an explosion of flavor on your tongue,” said d’Ablaing. “This is what I strive to achieve with all my dishes, create culinary combinations that continue to entice, tantalize and surprise guests.”

d’Ablaing, who is originally from Atlanta, first made a splash on the Kansas City food scene as Executive Chef at Webster House, taking a whimsical approach to highlight local and regional ingredients. His time at Chaz on the Plaza, from 2011 to 2015 was marked with his ability to transform everyday ingredients into elegant, upscale comfort food.

“We are thrilled to have Chef d’Ablaing on board,” said Robert Leyva, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza General Manager. “His reputation as a well-respected chef in Kansas City was a huge draw for us. But more importantly, it is his engaging personality and inspiring approach to cooking that makes him the right fit for Hotel Sorella.

d’Ablaing started cooking at the age of 10 when his discerning palate refused the meals his mother made. When she suggested he attend culinary school, d’Ablaing didn’t even know cooking was a career possibility. He attended the Atlanta School of Culinary Arts, worked in kitchens across the country, including Kansas City, before deciding this place was his home. His experience has led him to cook for dignitaries such as former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former First Lady Laura Bush.

“Hotel Sorella is an award-winning hotel and Rosso won the ‘Best Of’ Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator,” said d’Ablaing. “I feel up to the challenge of continuing to elevate the level of exceptional food and service as executive chef.”

“We have won the AAA Four Diamond Award every year that we’ve been open,” said Leyva. “We continue to earn accolades such as being named a U.S. News and World Report Best Hotel in the U.S., receiving a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, and being TripAdvisor’s number one hotel in Kansas City. We expect to earn more in the years to come under Chef d’Ablaing’s leadership.”

d’Ablaing began working at Hotel Sorella on Monday.

About Valencia Group

Houston-based Valencia Group is a fully integrated hospitality company that provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties.  Exceptional service, style and location have become brand trademarks.  Earning both national and international recognition for their distinctive designs, amenities and settings, Valencia Group properties are destinations and gathering places within their respective communities, some further benefitting from and enriching their space within the cultural heart of a city.  The company continues to forge a niche with hotels that anchor and add value to urban, mixed-use environments, which further support or enhance the guest experience with superior residential, restaurant, retail and office components.  The Valencia Group portfolio currently includes Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA; Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX; Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX; and Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO.  Its newest concept, Lone Star Court, is a reinterpretation of the nostalgic motor court.  The recently opened flagship is located at The Domain in Austin, TX, and a second, Cavalry Court, is underway in College Station, TX.   Also In the development and construction phase are The George™, which will debut in tandem with Cavalry Court in summer 2016, plus Valencia Group’s first five-star property, Hotel Alessandra Houston –  anticipated to become a downtown landmark in fall 2016.  For more information, please visit


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