The Hawai‘i Convention Center is pleased to welcome Hans Lentz as its new executive chef, leading culinary excellence for the venue’s dining and hospitality team.
Lentz has nearly three decades of experience in culinary management, working at internationally renowned resorts and convention centers in Hawai‘i, Dubai, Oman, Africa, the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico. In his new role, he will oversee the Center’s 20,000-square-foot on-site kitchen and develop menus for gatherings and events at the building.
Most recently, Lentz served as the executive chef at Jumeriah Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. He previously served as the executive chef of the Hilton Waikoloa Village for nearly 3 years, and as executive chef at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, both on the Island of Hawai‘i. He also was the executive chef at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel Nairobi & Olare Mara Kempinski in Kenya and Sheraton Addis, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Ethiopia.
“Hans has a proven background in managing culinary needs for large, high-profile gatherings,” said Teri Orton, general manager, Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities. “His internationally influenced background and multifaceted experience serving gatherings of all sizes will further strengthen our highly experienced food and beverage team at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, ensuring fresh, dynamic and exciting culinary experiences for our guests.”
Lentz will direct the Center’s culinary efforts under AEG partner Levy Convention Centers. His experience also includes executive chef roles at McCormick Place and the InterContinental in Chicago, the InterContinental Istanbul, the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort in Puerto Rico, and the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. He also served as an executive sous chef at the InterContinental Miami and InterContinental Resort & Casino Hurghada in Egypt, and chef de cuisine at the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat in Oman.
Lentz studied food and beverage management at The Hotelschool The Hague Performance Management BV, and culinary arts, hotel, restaurant and kitchen management at the Perlen Graben School of Culinary Arts in Cologne, Germany.
Lentz received the Highfield Level 3 Award in Food Safety and Catering in 2018 and has earned HACCP/US ServSafe Certifications. He is a Six Sigma Greenbelt, and has been a Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Chef Rôtisseur since 2000. He received the Bronze Star of Excellence from the Grand Chapitre Chaîne des Rotisseurs Chicago in 2007, and is a member of the American Culinary Federation.
About the Hawai‘i Convention Center
“Where Business and Aloha Meet,” the 1.1 million-square-foot Hawai‘i Convention Center provides a spacious, modern and flexible meeting space in the heart of Honolulu – all with an award-winning team and renowned aloha spirit. Conveniently located between East and West, the Center is a global leader for a diverse array of meetings and events, just steps from 30,000 hotel rooms in iconic Waikiki. The Center is a state-owned facility opened in 1998, and is managed by AEG Facilities. For more, visit HawaiiConvention.com.
About AEG Facilities
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 150 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1Earth and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland, CA), PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Cadillac Arena (Beijing, China), The O2 (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), RAC Arena (Perth, Australia), Qudos Bank Arena and ICC (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawai‘i Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), Puerto Rico Convention Center (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more, visit aegworldwide.com.
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