Lydia Forte

Lydia Forte head shot
Group Director of Food & Beverage
Rocco Forte Hotels

Lydia Forte is Director of Restaurant and Bar Development at Rocco Forte Hotels. She is the daughter of Sir Rocco Forte and the niece of Olga Polizzi. In her role, and working closely with two Michelin starred chef and Rocco Forte’s creative director of food, Fulvio Pierangelini, she is responsible for the performance of the group’s food and beverage offerings, including its restaurants, bars, meetings and events and in room dining. This includes developing new restaurant and bar concepts for the group and maintaining the quality of food and service in all hotels. It also involves responsibility for profits in food and beverage, including driving sales and overseeing cost control. Food & Beverage across the group accounts for as much as 35% of revenue in each hotel, making it a vital part of the group’s business. Lydia aims to create restaurants that are revered by the locals living in the city, as well as by the hotel guests. In 2015, Lydia opened Irene, the Tuscan Bistro at Hotel Savoy in Florence with Pierangelini. The restaurant is frequented by both guests and locals, and revenue has steadily increased since its launch. In 2016, Lydia launched Sophia’s Restaurant and Bar, a botanical bistro at The Charles Hotel, Munich, now a central Munich hub. In 2018, Lydia launched Beck at Brown’s Hotel and Brasserie Prince–a French brasserie and bar at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh with Michel and Alain Roux of Waterside Inn fame. Most recently Lydia has been working on developing the food and beverage concepts for the recently opened Hotel de laVille, Rome and Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia. Her next project is The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai opening in autumn 2019. Since joining the company in 2014,Lydia has increased the food and beverage revenue across Rocco For tebyan average of 15%year on year. Lydia’s efforts have also received industry recognition from the Cateys in 2017 with Rocco Forte Nourish, an award-winning healthy eating project that is now in all hotels across the group launched n collaboration with Irene Forte and local nutritional experts. She also won Top Family Business Rising Star at the European Families in Business Awards in 2018. Lydia is also an investor in the television series Million Pound Menu on BBC2 which aired in April 2018.Before starting work for Rocco Forte Hotels full-time in February 2014, Lydia managed a new restaurant opening in Chelsea, The Markham Inn, and led two projects to update and improve two restaurants-HIX Mayfair in London and Bocconi in Brussels. She also completed an MBA at INSEAD in 2013


Bedrooms Are Boring

Tue, 19/11/2019 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Session Type: Session
Session Track: 2019 Conference Programme