Next Story Group, an International hospitality company has appointed renowned MasterChef Australia guest judge Christy Tania to assist in the development and execution of the Group’s Food and Beverage strategy.
Christy was trained as a pastry chef at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de La Patisserie in France and is the owner and head chef of GLACÉ Dessert Artisanal in Melbourne.
Previously, she was a pastry guest judge on MasterChef Australia and has also worked at Ritz Paris Hotel, Guy Savoy in Singapore, as well as Vue De Monde and various hotels in Melbourne.
Prior to her culinary career, she was a business analyst and consultant with IBM Global Business Services.
Christy’s responsibilities include concept development, optimising food and beverage performance and talent recruitment for the Group’s food and beverage outlets. She will work closely with heads of operations and property General Managers to ensure the success of the food and beverage outlets at the Group’s 20 properties which include the upcoming opening of Next Melbourne in Australia and Kafnu St Marks in India next year.
The Group has been growing rapidly in the past 12 months, having recently launched the first Ink Hotel in Melbourne and extended its Kafnu footprint to Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City.
As part of its growth strategy, the Group is embarking on a strategic Food and Beverage masterplan which will transform its food and beverage outlets at its properties across its brands – Next, Sage, Ink and Kafnu.
“We are pleased to welcome Christy Tania on board. Her extensive culinary expertise and experience will be an asset in helping us in the transformation and enhancement of our food and beverage offerings at our hotels and Kafnu properties. We believe that food and beverage can be one of our key differentiators in providing an extraordinary experience as part of exploring a new destination or immersing in a culture or location.
“Our goal is to create cutting-edge food and beverage concepts that guests can look forward to enjoying and at the same time, raise the bar for culinary excellence within the Group,” said Darren Edmonstone, Chief Executive Officer of Next Hotels & Resorts.
“Next Story Group has a growing portfolio of exciting brands and properties with amazing opportunities to showcase creative food and beverage concepts. I am honoured not only to be a part of this journey, but also help shape ground-breaking concepts and bring them to life at their properties in top destinations across the Asia Pacific region,” said Christy.
Next Story Group creates and transforms spaces to connect and inspire meaningful connections. it offers a differentiated portfolio of distinctive and compelling hospitality and lifestyle brands. The Group owns, manages, franchises 20 hotels and resorts, bearing brands that include Next, Sage and Ink. It also manages five Kafnu properties which offers welldesigned spaces for its members to stay, work, learn and connect. It is headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in Sydney and Bengaluru.