Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean in Santa Monica, California Taps Kareem Shaw as Executive Chef

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Kareem Shaw has been tapped by Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean as executive chef. He will oversee culinary direction for The Dining Room, Suite 700, as well as hotel catering and private events.

Hotel Shangri-la's new Executive Chef, Kareem Shaw

We welcome Chef Kareem Shaw to the Hotel Shangri-la and look forward to the new menus he is creating to showcase the very best local cuisine

Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean in Santa Monica announces the appointment of Kareem Shaw as executive chef. He will oversee culinary direction for The Dining Room, Suite 700, as well as hotel catering and private events.

“We welcome Chef Kareem Shaw to the Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean,” said Henri Birmele, managing director for the Hotel Shangri-la. “Chef Shaw’s extensive experience will be coupled with our ongoing commitment to providing our guests with exceptional dining experiences that include fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from the weekly Farmer’s market. The new menus created by Chef Shaw will showcase the very best of local California cuisine with an international flavor catering to our global guests.”

Shaw brings more than 14 years of experience to his position at the Hotel Shangri-la. Born in Pasadena, he developed his interest in the culinary arts from childhood by watching his father cook. He pursued his passion by attending Northern Michigan University, where he majored in hospitality/management with an emphasis on culinary arts.

“I look forward to embracing the hotel’s 75-year heritage and infusing our menu with specially created dishes that will not only appeal to our current diners at The Dining Room, but will also satisfy the cravings and tastes of our international clientele,” said Chef Kareem Shaw. “My goal is to provide guests with a culinary experience that offers a relaxing ocean front atmosphere along with refreshing new dining choices that include American Fusion and California Farm to Table selections.”

Shaw started his career in Michigan under Don Curto at the “New York Deli” restaurant and was influenced by Curto’s traditional Italian cuisine featuring a selection of soups, fresh pasta and sauces. Shaw began as a dishwasher and in just six years took over the restaurant, which won an award for the best soup in Northern Michigan three years in a row. As Executive Chef at the “Wild Rover” restaurant, Chef Shaw cooked for President Barack Obama. During that time, he was also filming TV segments for “Good Day Wisconsin,” where he demonstrated how to cook different types of cuisine.

Upon Shaw’s return to California, he was Chef de Cuisine at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena and Executive Chef at Frame 128, where he created exceptional fine dining experiences to suit a variety of tastes.

“Chef Shaw and Food and Beverage Manager Armond Khosrovian, together with a very talented team of professionals, are all dedicated to delivering exceptional guest dining experiences,” added Birmele.

About Hotel Shangri-la

The urbane Hotel Shangri-la at the Ocean in Santa Monica is anything but ordinary and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Overlooking the Pacific since 1939, the hotel is a striking beacon of Art Deco elegance, a chronicle of the golden era of Hollywood and a quintessential nexus of culture. Hidden away on a high Santa Monica bluff overlooking the ocean and historic Santa Monica Pier, this timeless luxury boutique hotel promises guests their own personal Shangrila. Guests enjoy brilliant views of the Pacific Ocean, a celebrated history and a cultural connection during their stay. In the U.S., for toll-free room reservations only, please call (800) 345-STAY (7829) or for more information, visit

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