Our Chefs

For decades, the entire Westin St. Francis culinary team has brought genuine passion and talent for creating simple, fresh dishes with a strong focus on locally sourced ingredients.  Signature VIP amenities also add a story to our iconic history and enhance the guest experience.

Chef Fernando Reyes

FERNANDO REYES, Executive Chef

With a love for food and cooking since childhood, Nicarágua-born Reyes brings 23 years of culinary experience to The Westin St. Francis. Most recently, Chef Reyes was Executive Sous Chef for the Marriott Operations Support Resources team, supporting multiple hotels by providing technical and business acumen, associate training, and best practices. Previously, he was Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, Yalong Bay and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel/JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live where he was named “Leader of the Year” in 2015. He also spent ten years at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in many different roles within the culinary department including Banquet Chef/Chef Tournant, Garden Manger Chef, and Sous Chef.  Chef Reyes graduated from the Institute National Miguel Bonilla Obando in Managua, Nicaragua. He enjoys playing baseball and soccer and practicing martial arts.

XAVIER CAMACHO, Executive Sous Chef

Chef Camacho was born and raised in Pachuca, the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Hidalgo. His love of global cuisine began at a young age when his father would take him to restaurants to introduce him to cultures and flavors from around the world. Over the course of his 20-year culinary career, Camacho worked his way up from running four school cafeterias in Mexico as a teenager to becoming a chef in well-established restaurants throughout Northern California.

THOMAS H. RIMPEL, Chef de Cuisine

Born in the U.S. and raised in Germany, Chef Rimpel attended culinary school in Hamburg, where he perfected his knowledge of classical European cuisine. Chef Rimpel has been with the St Francis culinary team since 1979.

Over the years, Chef Rimpel has created culinary miracles for Bob Hope, Don Johnson, the Queen of England, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS HOUDRÉ, Executive Pastry Chef

Born in the Southwest region of France into a family business of Boulanger-Pâtissier, Jean François was inspired to become a Pâtissier by his father.

At the age of 21, Jean François began working in Southern California for the Vie de France Corporation. He has also worked for the Ritz Carlton, Le Meridien and the Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach, where he participated in many Chaines des Rôtisseurs and Tôque Blanche events.

He has been with The Westin St. Francis since 2003.