New Executive Chef Fires Up At Hilton Durban

This information originated in U.K. English.

November 23, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa - Hilton Durban today welcomed David Goette to its hospitality team as the hotel's new Executive Chef.

With more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, Goette joins team at Hilton Durban following the departure of Herbert Thierse, who now resides in Johannesburg working with the culinary team at Hilton Sandton.

Goette has worked at several hotel restaurants and he joins Hilton Durban from The Fairmont Zimbali Resort where he held the position of Executive Sous Chef. Goette, who is an American citizen, has extensive experience in the hospitality industry having worked at various five star establishments in the USA and South Africa. Prior to his arrival in Durban, Goette owned and managed his own boutique hotel in Cape Town. Mohamed Hamza, general manager at Hilton Durban says, "We are so excited to see what David can bring to our culinary team. His versatility and passion for food will undoubtedly reflect positively on his peers and his world class experience will provide new twists and innovation to our food and beverage offering."

"I love working with different ingredients that create new and exciting dishes. Cooking is about creating an experience and I hope that my new flavors and approach will create memorable moments for all our guests," says David Goette.

Goette graduated with a Culinary Degree from the California Culinary Academy in 1998. He is fluent in four languages including French, Swahili, English and Afrikaans and has various certifications in nutrition, confectionery, hand carving and Eastern cooking.


Davina Martin
Fleishman-Hillard (for Hilton Durban)
+27 11 548 2007

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