Andersen Hotels appoints Heinz U. Hofmann as the COO – Hotel Laguna

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Andersen Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of industry leader Heinz U. Hofmann as the Chief Operating Officer of Hotel Laguna. But, for those who know the close relationship between the Andersens and the Hofmanns, this is really more of a “home- coming”.

Heinz says “The Hotel Laguna is close to my heart because the Andersen family is close to my heart.” As a long-time returning guest to the Hotel Laguna (or, as his family calls it, the ‘Hofmann beach house’!), Heinz not only is bringing immense enthusiasm and passion to the property, he also imports over 50 years of international experience in food, beverage and hospitality. Reminiscent of Claes Andersen, Heinz “comes from the kitchen.” Heinz and Claes met through the prestigious dining group, Confrèrie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in 1985. Both men traveled to Paris often as they were members of the ruling council of the Chaine in Paris. It was here where they bonded over their deep-rooted love of all things culinary, as well as their European ties. Heinz had the recent honor of inducting both Executive Chef Paul Bauer and Claes’ son, Stefan Andersen, into this distinguished group. "We are very pleased to have Heinz join the Hotel Laguna family and look forward to adding his expertise to our continued commitment to delivering an outstanding experience for our guests," says Hotel Laguna owner, Georgia Andersen.

Heinz brings over 50 years of stellar success and global industry experience. Prior to joining the Hotel Laguna, Heinz apprenticed in the kitchens of Switzerland (his native land). His extensive resume includes Managing Director of a 1000-room resort in the Bahamas, Director of Food & Beverage for multiple Westin Hotels in Canada and the Westin Continental in Chicago, and then San Francisco’s St. Francis Hotel. As Owner of his consulting company, he was then contracted as manager for implementing and executing property remodels, design/development and grand openings, the most recent and impressive being the $25.7 million construction project for La Quinta Country Club. Delivering the massive project under budget and on time is credited to Heinz’s dedication to hard work, and was applauded and commended by this members-only Country Club.

Heinz will take on the Hotel Operation responsibilities in addition to maintaining his roles with the invitation- only gastronomic society, Confrèrie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, as Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionels National and Officier Commandeur, a valued membership he has had for more than 30 years. He also holds the rank of Commandeur for his 15+ years of service to Les Amis d’Escoffier, a private membership association of active and retired Chefs, Restaurant Owners, and Hoteliers.

We here at Great Taste can not be more thrilled with the "home-coming" forHeinz U. Hofmann to take the reigns as the Chief Operating Officer of Hotel Laguna. Congratulations from the GT family to yours! Can't wait to see what Heinz and Hotel Laguna plan to whip up next!

Posted By: Ashley Nicole 8/30/2011