Mandarin Oriental’s Star-Studded Restaurant Line Up Honored by 2014 Michelin

Mandarin Oriental hotels have long been renowned for their excellence and innovation in food and beverage, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s passion for creating memorable dining experiences has once again been recognized, with ten restaurants being honored in the 2014 Michelin Guides, bringing the current total number of restaurants in the Group’s portfolio to 11 with 16 Michelin stars. This is more than any other hotel group in the world.

In Europe, Moments restaurant, headed by the renowned chef Carme Ruscalleda and chef Raül Balam retained its two Michelin star status in the 2014 Spanish Guía Michelin. A testament indeed to the enthusiasm and passion of this dedicated culinary team.  Dinner at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London where Heston Blumenthal and Executive Chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, serve historic gastronomy with a 21st century twist, was delighted to be honored with its second Michelin star in the 2014 guide.Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_gold_logo

At Mandarin Oriental, Geneva Rasoi by Vineet, the first fine dining restaurant in Geneva to offer contemporary Indian cuisine, also maintained its coveted one star status in Michelin’s 2014 Guide for Switzerland. In Munich, Restaurant Mark’s under the direction of Executive Chef Simon Larese, also retained its one Michelin star status.

In Asia, the Group’s flagship property, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, now has three Michelin-starred restaurants. Pierre, which features the bold cuisine of multi award-winning, three Michelin starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire was awarded a second Michelin star in the 2014 guide. Man Wah, the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant offering exquisite local and regional specialities was also awarded one Michelin star,  while the Mandarin Grill + Bar, a Hong Kong dining institution, where artistic Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky serves a modern interpretation of grill classics and the city’s finest seafood, retained its one Michelin star for the fifth consecutive year.

In addition, Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, also maintained its coveted two Michelin star status. The restaurant features the innovative and exhilarating cuisine of talented Chef Richard Ekkebus.

Finally, at Mandarin Oriental, TokyoSignature serving contemporary French cuisine maintained its single star status for the seventh time, and Sense, featuring contemporary Cantonese cuisine set against the city’s dramatic skyline, achieved one-star Michelin status.

At Mandarin Oriental, Paris, the hotel’s signature restaurant Sur Mesure, under Chef Thierry Marx stewardship, was awarded two Michelin stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide, bringing the current number of Michelin starred restaurants in the Group’s portfolio to eleven, and the number of stars to sixteen.

We are truly delighted to once again receive these prestigious accolades,” said David Nicholls, the Group’s Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. “It reflects the dedication to fine dining excellence that Mandarin Oriental hotels offer around the world.

Michelin has been in the business of evaluating and recommending restaurants and hotels for over a century. They employ full-time professional inspectors who anonymously visit restaurants and hotels, and evaluate them on a range of criteria, using an evaluation process that has been honed over time to identify consistently high-quality establishments to suit a range of budgets and across a range of styles and cuisines.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. The Group has grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand and now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing over 11,000 rooms in 26 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, 11 in The Americas and 14 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Wins 2013 International Award At The Hong Kong Business Awards

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group was honored to receive the 2013 International Award at the prestigious Hong Kong Business Awards ceremony held recently in the city. Established in 1990 by DHL and the South China Morning Post, the Hong Kong Business Awards aims to encourage and sustain the region’s entrepreneurial spirit and recognize excellent standards of corporate management and governance. The awards honour individuals and companies who are maintaining and expanding the economic viability and international stature of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the Hong Kong-based award-winning operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_black_logoresorts and residences around the world and was chosen as the 2013 International award recipient on a number of counts, including having achieved significant increases in revenue and profitability from successfully developing new markets, thereby enhancing Hong Kong’s international reputation. The Group was also commended for sound business understanding and effective risk management.

Over the years, The Group has grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand and now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing over 11,000 rooms in 26 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, 11 in The Americas and 14 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

We are delighted to receive this award, particularly as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our flagship hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.  Over the years, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has grown from a well-respected Asian-based hotel company into a truly global brand,” said Stuart Dickie, Chief Financial Officer for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, who accepted the award on the Group’s behalf. “We believe these awards reinforce the reputation of Hong Kong as a leading world city for international business,” he added.

The Group’s parent company, Mandarin Oriental International Limited, is incorporated in Bermuda and has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited manages the activities of the Group’s hotels.

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The Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, And Maud Powell Honored With The Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award

Rick Hall, Jim Marshall And Ennio Morricone Honored With Trustees Award

Emile Berliner And Lexicon To Receive Technical GRAMMY® Award

The Recording Academy® announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year’s honorees are: the Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, and Maud Powell as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone as Trustees Award honorees; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon as Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and

The Recording Academy Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

The Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

contributions to the recording industry,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy’s Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Regarded as one of the most influential groups in music history, George Harrison*, John Lennon*, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr formed the Beatles in Liverpool in 1960. Rooted in 1950s rock and roll, the seven-time GRAMMY-winning band later broadened their musical palette, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. As a group, they have 15 recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, including Abbey Road, A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles (White Album), Meet The Beatles!, Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, and performers the Beatles revolutionized the music industry and continue to influence future generations.

Mexican-born singer, songwriter and pianist Armando Manzanero has been contributing to the world of Latin music for five decades. Known for his smooth romantic ballads, he has recorded more than 30 albums, composed more than 400 songs, and has performed all over the world. His 2001 album, Duetos, won a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and his music has been performed by artists such as Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Alejandro Fernandez, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. In 2010, Manzanero received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Latin Recording Academy®, and the following year he became President of the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores in Mexico, where he had served as vice president since 1982. His efforts in defense copyright laws have garnered the organization international acclaim.

Hailed as the “King of Zydeco,” and a Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Clifton Chenier* is recognized as one of the most influential Creole musicians of his time. Best known for his signature blues melodies that he played on accordion, he took a mix of genres and invented a new sound called zydeco in the mid-’50s. Throughout his lifetime, Chenier stayed prolific with groups such as the Zydeco Ramblers and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. His 1983 album, I’m Here, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Ethnic Or Traditional Folk Recording.

The Isley Brothers have enjoyed one of the longest, most diverse, and most influential legacies in pop music. The group’s esteemed history spans two generations of siblings and significant cultural shifts in music. Born and raised in Cincinnati, the brothers got their professional start in New York with their first hit single “Shout – Part 1,” which has gone on to become a frequently covered classic. Throughout their career, they never stopped reinventing themselves, scoring hits in R&B, Motown soul, funk, disco, and rock. Their 1969 single, “It’s Your Thing,” earned a GRAMMY for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group, and in 1992 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Brothers Ronald and Ernie Isley have continued to perform together.

Commonly noted as the pioneers of electronic music, Kraftwerk became the only band of their kind when they released their unique self-titled album in 1971. Clearly ahead of their time, the group experimented with everyday industrial sounds and arranged them into minimalistic robotic pop melodies. Not only were their machine-precision tunes revolutionary, they also pushed the limits of music technology by customizing their own instruments and sounds. The German group is considered to be one of the most prominent bands in pop history having influenced acts such as Björk, Blondie, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, and Gary Numan.

Kris Kristofferson is a three-time GRAMMY winner and one of the most accomplished country stars of the late 20th century. This legendary artist rose to fame when numerous country singers began to cover his music. The Texas-born singer, songwriter, musician, and actor dominated the country music scene during the early ’70s with hits such as “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” “Me And Bobby McGee,” and “Lover Please.” While balancing his music and acting career, Kristofferson went on to form the country supergroup The Highwaymen, which included Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Kristofferson also has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Classical musician Maud Powell* was internationally recognized as one of the greatest violinist in the world. Starting from a young age, she received the best musical education in the United States and Europe, where she was instructed by talented classical teachers. One of the few popular female musicians of her time, she made her debut in 1885 with the Berlin Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic Society. By the 20th century, it was evident that she had become the best violin player of her generation. The classical violinist’s legacy continues through the Maud Powell String Quartet and the Maud Powell Society for Music and Education.

Producer, songwriter and music publisher Rick Hall rocked the music industry when he opened the renowned Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in 1961. A unique story, Hall grew up in a working class family and quit his day-labor jobs to dedicate his time to music. Hall gathered an array of talented songwriters, musicians and producers, and with his own meticulous approach to producing and arranging, created a unique blend of music known as the “Muscle Shoals Sound.” Hall has produced hit records across an array of genres including blues, country, pop, and soul, and many legendary artists have recorded at Fame Studios throughout its illustrious history, including Aretha Franklin, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Little Richard, and Otis Redding. The studio continues operation today, and was recently the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Muscle Shoals.

Jim Marshall* has captured some of rock and roll’s most unforgettable moments through his photography, including Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival and Johnny Cash performing at Folsom State Prison and San Quentin State Prison. Marshall was the only photographer who was given backstage access to the Beatles’ final concert in 1966, and was chief photographer at Woodstock. He was also known in the music industry for his exceptional portraits of famous musicians. Aside from winning many photography awards, Marshall had a way of building great personal relationships with the musicians he photographed. He continued working until his death in 2010.

GRAMMY-winning Italian composer, orchestrator, and conductor Ennio Morricone is a unique figure in the history of film music. His career includes a wide range of genres, making him one of the world’s most versatile, prolific and influential film composers of all time. He has written music for more than 450 films and gained worldwide recognition for his work on Sergio Leone’s Westerns: A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, Once Upon A Time In The West, and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly — with the soundtrack for the latter film inducted in to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2009. In 1987 he won a GRAMMY Award for his work on Brian De Palma’s film, The Untouchables, and was awarded an honorary Academy Award® in 2007 for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.

Emile Berliner*, a pioneer in audio technology, was best known as the inventor of the gramophone. The German-born inventor came to the United States in 1870 and eventually found a passion for sound and electricity. His first major contribution came with the invention of an improved telephone transmitter that later became the basis of the first-ever microphone. Although a method for recording music on a disc had already been invented, he focused his efforts on reinventing the way music was played and recorded. In 1887 Berliner introduced the gramophone to the world and marketed his invention himself. Some of the first gramophone discs ever recorded featured artists such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Cal Stewart and Len Spencer. Berliner’s gramophone — later renamed the phonograph — set the course for shellac and vinyl records that followed.

Established in 1971, Lexicon is a manufacturer of high-performance electronics. More than 40 years ago, Lexicon released its first product, the Delta T-101 delay line, the first commercially available professional digital audio product and the introduction of digital audio itself. In 1973 Lexicon targeted the professional audio market, and scored a breakthrough with the development of the Lexicon 224, one of the first commercially viable digital reverb systems. The 224 remained an industry standard until the introduction of its successor, the legendary 480L and LARC controller in 1986. Along the way, digital delay processors such as the Prime Time II and PCM 42, as well as the Tiled Room preset program from the PCM 70 were all heavily used. In 2008 the new processor platform, the PCM96, received praise from top engineers, producers and post-production mixers. Lexicon continues to be a leading innovator and in-demand manufacturer of digital audio products.

*Denotes posthumous.

Matthew Robbins Launches New Holiday Collection with TereForma

image001Master Designer, wedding planner and author, Matthew Robbins has launched his first line of specialty vases in collaboration with Teroforma just in time for the holidays. Martha Stewart-favorite Matthew Robbins is widely known for transforming spaces with his unique and elegant floral arrangements and now, he has brought his signature touch to the Atelier Vase Collection (available at www.Teroforma.comThese ceramic vases were crafted at Sao Bernardo in Portugal and made from high-fired, bisque porcelain to perfectly frame the subtle counter relief pattern on the exterior to contrast with the tint-glazed interior of each perfected piece making each vase a complete work of art. Their unique shape will enhance the flower arrangements and make an amateur’s arrangements look professional.

The porcelain vases come in sleek, refined shapes and feature subtle counter relief patterned exteriors for interesting texture along with contrasting tint-glazed interiors that add a pop of modern color, so the vases look as great without flowers as they do filled with them. Thoughtfully designed to pair with corresponding types of popular floral arrangements, the five different shapes ensure that there is one for every design and every occasion. Use the Branch vase to display exquisitely long, woody image002arrangements or place just a single peony in the Bud vase.

Every piece from the Atelier Vase Collection is handcrafted in Sao Bernardo, Portugal by master ceramicists from high-fired, bisque porcelain, an unglazed, snow-white ceramic. Timeless and beautiful in their simplicity, the vases show off masterful arrangements or lend an air of professional polish to amateur ones—either way, they’re the perfect showcases for nature’s beautiful blooms. The Atelier Vase Collection makes a nice holiday hostess gift and includes Bloom Misty Blue vase, $125; Bouquet Violet Fog Vase, $150; Branch English Moss Vase, $150; Bud Morning Dew Vase, $75 and Cutting Yellow Clay Vase, $100.

The head of the eponymous NYC design firm Matthew Robbins Design, event planner, interior designer, and artist Matthew Robbins is widely known for his events and floral design work and as Martha Stewart’s resident wedding guru. He contributes to wedding-centric publications like InStyle Weddings, TheKnot.com, and Modern Bride, pens a regular column in Martha Stewart Weddings, and is often featured on the Martha Stewart Show. His tips for designing a spectacular wedding around nine objects have been published in a book titled Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings to encourage others to bring the excitement of beautiful design into their lives.

Connecticut-based product design incubator Teroforma collaborates with talented designers to create well-designed home products with a focus on items for the tabletop. Founded by Anna and Andrew Hellman, the firm is perhaps best known for its innovative Whiskey Stones, made to chill drinks without watering them down.