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Executive Chef Arnoldi Joins The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH. –The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland was proud to announce the appointment of experienced and talented Richard Arnoldi to the position of executive chef, leading the culinary inspirations throughout the hotel’s restaurant, lounge, banquet events and in-room dining.

After having been part of the leadership in several acclaimed kitchens, Chef Arnoldi proudly stepped into the executive chef role at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland in late 2009. Chef Arnoldi has been a passionate member of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott culinary teams since 1996, embracing the philosophy that “it really is all about the food.” Most recently the executive chef at The Grosvenor House in London, Chef Arnoldi also served as the executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. and the executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

A native New Yorker with a Danish father and an Austrian mother, Chef Arnoldi has culinary expression woven into his DNA. He has dedicated his professional life to the study of food, and his quest for knowledge first began when he was working in his family’s three restaurants. There he studied under Danish Master Chefs, his father and grandfather, formally beginning his apprenticeship at age 13. In 1995 he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island.

After culinary school, Chef Arnoldi took his culinary skills to the United States Marine Corps where, over the course of six years, he advanced his knowledge of international cuisine by volunteering to work for restaurants across the world and trying his hand at Latin, Asian and Mediterranean inspired influences. Holding the belief that one of the key roles of food is making people happy, Chef Arnoldi’s culinary pursuits are designed to support that belief. He said of cooking, “My goal is not only to create meals that people will sit down and enjoy, but also ones that encourage them to explore their culinary palates and that make them feel whole.” As he continues his career, Chef Arnoldi’s goal is never to lose the drive to improve. He intends to follow his father’s advice of “the day you stop learning is the day you should leave the kitchen.”

Chef Arnoldi’s love of cooking began with his family and that is where it remains. He still enjoys making meals for his family, including his wife, son and daughter.

The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, a 206-room hotel located at 1515 West Third Street in the heart of downtown Cleveland, is the recipient of many awards of distinction, including the AAA Four-Diamond Award and the Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star Award. Recently, the hotel was also the recipient of a Smart Business World Class Customer Service Award.

MUSE, in The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, offers a casually chic dining experience featuring contemporary American cuisine inspired by simple farm-to-table ingredients cooked to perfection. With the recipe for inspiration, guests enjoy culinary experiences that combine passionate chefs, innovative and seasonal cuisine, original local art and fine wines. It’s an awakening of the senses. Appetizing and artistic, the menu is crafted with local, regional and international influences. Each dish draws inspiration from the flavors available from a small group of specialty growers whose passion for authentic, quality ingredients matches that of the MUSE culinary team.

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland and MUSE, please visit ritzcarlton.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Lynn Coletto
Director of Sales and Marketing
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
1515 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113 USA
Phone: (216) 623-1300