Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Welcomes Michael Gremer as New Executive Chef

The veteran chef arrives at the island with global inspirations and innovations
September 29, 2023,
Langkawi, Malaysia

Michael Gremer has been appointed Executive Chef at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, taking charge of all culinary operations and teams at the award-winning island resort.

A 25-year career with leading luxury hotels has taken Michael on a flavourful adventure around the world, from Bavaria, Colorado and Perth to Shanghai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Over the course of his illustrious journey, he has had the honour of cooking for iconic personalities such as President Nixon, President Obama and King Charles. Yet, for this chef, each diner is a VIP in their own right.

“No matter who they are, every guest should walk away from their meal feeling delighted. For me, that is the ultimate achievement,” he shares.

At Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, dining experiences are personalized through tailormade menus, customized dishes and warm service. Under Michael’s guidance, the team is also catering to different dietary requirements with greater creativity: “Instead of seeing it as a limitation, we view it as an opportunity to use our imagination and deliver ‘wow’ moments.”

Prior to joining Four Seasons, Michael ran his own catering company in Kuala Lumpur, before which he held a series of leadership roles, including culinary director of a five-star resort in Abu Dhabi and cluster executive chef of two leading Singapore properties. His leadership experience ranges across luxury hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Taiwan and Jakarta, while his early cooking skills were honed in the USA, Australia and Germany.

With his keen knowledge of culinary diversity and passion for exemplary ingredients, Michael is now poised to infuse the Resort’s culinary offerings with global inspirations and farm-to-table flair. In his new role, he oversees operations across all food and beverage outlets, including Ikan-Ikan, where heritage Malaysian recipes are presented in a traditional setting; Serai, offering sun-drenched Mediterranean flavours by the sea; and Kelapa Grill, serving up international fare by day and local seafood and flame-grilled steaks at night.

Diners can expect plenty of fresh hyper-local produce on the menu, reflecting Michael’s deep respect for the gifts of nature. During his childhood in the picturesque Franconia region of Germany, meals at the Gremer household were filled with forest berries, organic vegetables and free-range poultry, giving the aspiring chef his lifelong love of seasonal, homegrown ingredients.

With holiday season fast approaching, Michael and his team are cooking up a series of sensational dining experiences. Featuring market-style feasts, seafood barbeques and lavish buffets, the festive calendar will offer wide-ranging flavours that transport guests to lands near and far. Think western Christmas classics, locally sourced seafood, and tantalising delicacies — all crafted as the centrepiece of unforgettable celebrations with family and friends.

“Food is culture, connection and emotion,” says Michael. “Sharing a great meal with loved ones is a beautiful, time-honoured way of making new memories together.”