Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
- Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, 50180 Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Director of Food and Beverage
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since April 2016
- First Four Seasons Assignment: Current
- St. Regis Dubai, United Arab Emirates; The Oberoi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; The Oberoi, Mumbai, India; The Oberoi, Mumbai, India; Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States; Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
- International Hotel Management Institute, Switzerland
- English, French, Spanish, German, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Rohan Ogale describes himself as a passionate, dedicated and hands-on food and beverage professional. He brings more than 10 years experience and repeated success in delivering guest satisfaction and quality experiences in leading luxury hotels and establishments internationally to his position of Director of Food & Beverage of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.
His position gives him responsibility for the Resort's restaurant and bar line-up which includes Sala Mae Rim, Terraces and Ratree Bar & Lounge. Sala Mae Rim, with its high teak ceiling, Northern Thai artefacts and sweeping views of the Mae Rim Valley, will see Rohan enhance its unique vegetarian and Northern Thai cuisine. At Terraces, he supports the continued development of the restaurant’s home-style Mediterranean cuisine based on authentic flavours composed of exceptional ingredients. As for Ratree Bar & Lounge, this casual Thai-style bar not only offers a full bar experience including cocktails handcrafted by world famous mixologist Javier de las Muelas but Thai and international snacks, all areas in which Rohan has excellent training and experience.
"As excellent as Sala Mae Rim, Terraces and Ratree Bar & Lounge are, there is always room for further development and if our teams can achieve that, I will count my time at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai spent very well indeed,” says Rohan.
Rohan graduated with a BA 1st Class Hons – Distinction in International Hotel Management from the prestigious IMI in Luzern, Switzerland, accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University of the UK, in 2006, being awarded Best Overall Student in all academic semesters. He proceeded with food and beverage management courses with renowned Cornell University School of Hotel Administration Food & Beverage Management certifications gained in 2011 and 2012.
His hands-on career began in 2003, when he spent several months during his studies learning the ropes as a commis de service at Restaurant Tournant Le Kuklos, Leysin, Switzerland, a famous revolving restaurant on top of La Berneuse.
His apprenticeship years continued on the other side of the world in the Dominican Republic at Superclubs Breezes Resort & Spa, Punta Cana. Here he performed the roles of restaurant supervisor for the French fine dining and barbeque beach restaurant and bartender at the high-volume beach bar. Next stop the illustrious Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Virginia as assistant restaurant manager from January 2007 through June 2008, and assistant beverage manager from August 2006 till January 2007. A private luxury country club with 2,000 elite members, 27 hole golf course, 32 rooms, banqueting operations and five food and beverage venues, there was much to get his teeth into, including introducing a selection of classic but creative cocktails.
From there he moved to the fabled Oberoi, Mumbai, India, first as restaurant manager from May 2008, and from June 2012 as assistant food and beverage manager. During his stay the hotel was awarded Best Hotel in the World by Institutional Investor, USA, and was ranked in the Top 30 Hotels in Asia by Travel + Leisure’s Reader’s Survey 2013.
He continued with Oberoi in Dubai, UAE as assistant food and beverage manager from April 2013 to May 2015. Here he was part of the pre-opening team for the 252 room luxury hotel, voted the Best Business Hotel in Middle East at World Travel Awards 2014 and Best New Hotel in UAE by Business Travel Awards 2014. He was responsible for seven food and beverage venues including contemporary Asian, signature Indian and world cuisine.
Most recently before joining Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Rohan was assistant director of food and beverage at St. Regis Dubai, UAE, at the landmark Al Habtoor City project, including being instrumental in the pre-opening and thrived there from June 2015 till March 2016.
Rohan speaks English, French, Spanish, German, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.