Kimpton promotion beefs up Restaurants + Bars leadership

Scott Gingerich will partner with executive chefs and GMs to showcase Kimpton’s culinary and beverage offerings. Photo credit: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced that Scott Gingerich has been named senior VP of Restaurants + Bars, promoted from his former role of VP of Restaurants + Bars, West. In this new position, Gingerich will head the restaurant division and run Kimpton’s more than 80 unique restaurants and bars in the Americas, with a focus on generating a profitable bottom line. Gingerich will partner with executive chefs and GMs in delivering exceptional guest experiences that showcase Kimpton’s innovative culinary and beverage offerings. He will also work closely with the regional VPs of Restaurants + Bars to develop key food-and-beverage initiatives and expand Kimpton’s international footprint.

Scott Gingerich. Photo credit: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

“As we continue to grow Kimpton’s global reach, we couldn’t be more thrilled to expand Scott’s role at the company, which will further evolve our culinary program,” said Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “Scott’s wealth of knowledge and style of leadership—his creativity, determination and team spirit—will lead Kimpton restaurants and bars to even greater heights.”

In his previous roles at Kimpton, Gingerich has been responsible for overseeing all personnel and systems to develop, renovate, operate and maintain the growing number of restaurants and bars managed by Kimpton in the Western half of the U.S. He has also been instrumental in developing strategic direction and executing operational processes and procedures for Kimpton’s 28 Western region restaurants and bars. Prior to joining Kimpton in January 2015, Gingerich held senior leadership positions with some of the industry’s most renowned and profitable restaurant groups including Hakkasan Hospitality, Tao Group and China Grill Management.


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For the second year in a row, Gingerich will be participating in the 2018 Chefs Cycle to raise funds and awareness in support of No Kid Hungry. A Central Coast California native, Gingerich received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a post-graduate degree from Cornell University. Gingerich and his wife, who is a chef, live in Santa Rosa, Calif., with their three children. 

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