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Kitchens On Kent New Executive Chef Set To Bring Luck And Fortune As He Launches With Lunar New Year Celebrations At The Langham, Sydney.

January 28, 2020 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

As the Western New Year of 2020 enters full swing and the Lunar New Year approaches, The Langham, Sydney is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Lech as their new Executive Chef.

In this role, Stephen will lead the culinary programme for all aspects of the hotel from banquet events and weddings, the hotel’s cocktail lounge; Observatory Bar and the recently opened luxury buffet, interactive dining restaurant; Kitchens on Kent. A prosperous and harmonious start is lined up as he prepares the restaurant’s first Lunar New Year celebrations.

Australian-born, Stephen brings twenty-years’ experience with him to the role from completing his training at The Sydney Harbour Marriot hotel, to working his way from Chef De Partie to Head Chef at Intercontinental, Sydney to more recently, being part of the pre-opening team of three new restaurants in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney with Trippas White Group.

Time spent in London at Hilton Park Lane and the five-star country resort, The Grove gave Stephen that extra experience of running a large buffet, producing top a la carte dishes to organising substantial outdoor catering events of up to five-hundred guests.

Gaylord Lamy, General Manager for The Langham, Sydney says the experience Stephen Lech brings from both Sydney and London are exactly what the hotel needs.

“We’re extremely excited to have Stephen on-board. Our main focus right now is Kitchens on Kent, our newly refurbished, luxury buffet restaurant. I’m confident that with his previous buffet and five-star hotel experience plus his passion to focus on local farmers’ produce and his desire to develop his kitchen team, we’ll continue to serve Sydney with the best buffet restaurant in the city.”

Stephen Lech added;

“The Langham, Sydney was recently named best boutique hotel in Australia; so it’s a huge privilege to start this position as Executive Chef. My primary focus will be on Kitchens on Kent. I’m excited to build on the culinary excitement, variety and theatre that the restaurant already delivers, but hope to bring my passion for creating dynamic cuisine for people to enjoy. I love the concept of a buffet where the team have the opportunity to be create dishes from all across the globe, with a strong focus on local produce. The more passion and creativity we put into our dishes, the better the experience for our customers and keeps them coming back for more.”

Starting his new position off with a bang, Stephen is ready to roll out his extravagant feast for this year’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

Kitchens on Kent, Australia’s first ‘fine-dining meets luxury buffet’ restaurant is quickly becoming the city’s No. 1 buffet destination and Sydney’s go-to place for any celebratory occasion or festivity. The Lunar New Year is no exception, with Kitchens on Kent celebrating the auspicious arrival of the Year of the Rat.

With eight kitchens to choose from and cuisines from across the globe, the Lunar New Year banquet will take on a strong Asian focus starting on Monday 20th January through to Sunday 2nd February.

The indulgent spread will delight all guests from the free-range suckling spit-roasted pig, unlimited house-made Peking duck pancakes, Bao buns with crispy pork belly to a variety of steamed dumplings and Dim sum. Or why not go for the Chinese egg fried rice and barramundi with coconut and bok choi.

Of course, this is all on top of the usual offerings from made-to-order pasta, stone-baked pizzas, sushi & sashmi, creamy Indian curries with fluffy, freshly made naan and a huge seafood selection.

For dessert, expect a stunning display with over twenty-five puddings, cakes and sweet delights. For Lunar New Year, The Langham, Sydney’s Head of Pastry, Chef Prashanth has created not only those desserts loved by Kitchens on Kent guests, but has brought China to Sydney with a traditional selection from Cantonese-style meringue tarts, Horseshoe cake, Coconut Milk cake to Mango pudding.

The experience will be enhanced as guests are encouraged to Experience. Indulge. Celebrate to welcome in the Year of the Rat. Traditional Chinese Red Envelopes will greet each customer and fortune cookies will complete the experience with a sneak insight to the year ahead.

Stephen is looking forward to the two-week celebration; “Lunar New Year is one of the most important Chinese festivals in the calendar and I’m thrilled to be heading up the best celebratory restaurant in Sydney, where we have the capacity and excitement to celebrate this special time in the Lunisolar Calendar.”

Times and pricing for Lunar New Year on Kent:

20th January – 2nd February 2020

Weekend Lunch
11:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: $98 per person

12:00pm – 2:30pm
Monday – Friday: $68.00 per person

6:00pm – 10:30pm
Monday – Sunday: $118 per person

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