From Military Discipline to Culinary Excellence at Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

Now Shenzhen   |   May 13, 2024

Shenzhen, May — Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen welcomes a new era of culinary precision and globally inspired dining with the appointment of William Ong as Executive Chef. 

Chef William arrives with over two decades of culinary experience in Asia’s most prestigious luxury properties. His disciplined approach – a hallmark of his service as a Singapore Infantry army officer – has informed his meticulous attention to detail and commitment to culinary perfection throughout Thailand, Vietnam, and China and in renowned establishments such as The Mandarin Oriental Singapore and, most recently, as Executive Chef at Shangri-La Qiantan, Shanghai.

Chef William’s creativity is rooted in rich traditional Asian influences and Southeast Asian cuisine. On the one hand, he is influenced by his upbringing and love of local markets; on the other, by his extensive travels and encounters with diverse cultures. He particularly enjoys using herbs and spices to delight the palate with unique and bold flavour profiles, creating adventures in taste that surprise with the new and unexpected.  

His disciplined approach, sharpened by his formative years in military service, ensures that every process, from ingredient selection to final presentation, is executed precisely. This attention to detail elevates his gastronomic creations and inspires his culinary team to reach new heights.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, which has included dishes for dignitaries such as former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former US President Barack Obama, Chef William shares: “My passion for culinary arts is continually sparked by the dynamic teams I’ve had the privilege to lead. At Four Seasons HotelShenzhen, I look forward to mentoring our chefs to deliver impeccably crafted dishes steeped in a rich palette of local and global influences.”

Outside of the kitchen, Chef William’s zest for life shines through in his embrace of simple pleasures. He cherishes quality time with his family, loves the spirited camaraderie of a game of soccer, and finds inspiration for new flavours and techniques in a refreshing run. This balance of family, sport, and personal reflection will be a vital source of creativity for his new role at Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.

About Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

The Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is ideally located in the heart of the commercial district of Futian, across the Shenzhen Conference & Exhibition Center and a short walk from the Civic Center which houses the city’s Municipal Hall and Museum as well as near the famed Shenzhen Concert Hall and Library. The Hotel is surrounded by 3 modern shopping malls and is a few steps away from the subway metro station and 10-minute drive to two Hong Kong borders of Huanggang and Futian. Built along contemporary lines, the Hotel features 266 rooms inclusive of 32 suites, a Club Lounge, Business Centre, four food and beverage outlets, and a grand ballroom with five other function venues plus unique outdoor multilevel terraces. 

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