Hotel Valencia Announces Culinary Changes, Welcomes James Beard Award Nominated Chef, David Gilbert

(San Antonio, TX) — Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, San Antonio’s premier boutique hotel, announces new and exciting changes to the hotel’s culinary program and its signature restaurant, Citrus. Chef David Gilbert, a “Rising Star,” has been named the new executive chef, and will supervise all culinary operations.

Chef Gilbert brings with him a wealth of culinary experience, including an international tenure at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vermeer in Amsterdam. Gilbert has worked in the kitchens of the The Ritz-Carlton in Bulkhead, Atlanta, and the The Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Other pursuits include time as the Executive Sous at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Orient-Express, where Gilbert initiated a fresh farmer’s market menu that gleaned national recognition. He was named chef de cuisine at St. Louis’ Eau Bistro in Missouri, and executive chef of the Beverly Hilton’s landmark restaurant.

In Texas, Gilbert dazzled diners at Luqa in Dallas, and at Sustenio at Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa in San Antonio. For his work at Eilan, Gilbert was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a 2013 Best Chef Southwest Semi-Finalist. Most recently, Gilbert pursued his passion of Southeast Asian cookery and in the same year opened Tuk Tuk Taproom.

Gilbert’s addition will usher in a new restaurant concept and menu, which will be formally announced in the coming weeks. “We could not be happier as we add Chef Gilbert to our Valencia family and can hardly wait to see what he has in store for our guests,” says Chad Taylor, Hotel Valencia general manager. Chef Gilbert replaces Chef Robbie Nowlin, who recently stepped down to focus on his philanthropic efforts within in the community.

Hotel Valencia – Overlooking the San Antonio River Walk, Hotel Valencia Riverwalk offers a stylish, luxury experience that is unparalleled in Texas and the Southwest. Its 213 rooms, chef-driven specialties at Citrus, and ultra-lounge offerings from Vbar offer contemporary style, impeccable accommodations and exceptional service for a discerning clientele. From the time Hotel Valencia opened in 2003, it has received numerous accolades, including: the Four Diamond Award from AAA, Top Hotels in the United States, Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List of World’s Best Places to Stay, Readers’ Choice Award from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Top 500 Hotels in the World.

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