SANYA, CHINA – September 2, 2011 – The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya invites you to experience a special journey to Italy at Sofia, with an emphasis on pure traditional Italian flavours. The simple yet classical dishes under the experienced hands of Chef de Cuisine, Christian Frigo, definitely bring a unique lifestyle concept. At Sofia, a new a la carte menu leads guests from Northern to Southern Italy by a burst of flavours which were brought to the table with creativity and simplicity.

"I’m very delighted to present my culinary creations to our guests from all over Italy”, Chef Christian says, “The success of Italian Food came first from the ingredient; which must be fresh and authentic. I always rotate my menus according the season in which you can find the specific products which grow only in this particular time of the year.”

Originally from Asiago, Italy, Chef Christian felt the passion for ‘cooking’ at the young age of 14. His love of cooking began with the first steps in the kitchen with his father. In 2005, Chef Christian began his career with the Intercontinental Hotel Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. After two and half years work, he accepted the position of Chef de Cuisine of Le Royal Meridien Shanghai. In 2008 he returned to Middle East and worked for The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. Aiming to bring a new class of Italian cuisine that compliments the beauty of Sanya, Chef Christian joined The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya as the Chef de Cuisine of Sofia.

Situated on an exclusive site along Yalong Bay in Hainan Province, the resort provides expansive views of the South China Sea and features 450 guest rooms, suites and private villas. Extensive recreational facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness centre and a signature Ritz Kids® Club. Guests will also enjoy the largest Ritz-Carlton spa in the region designed by ESPA. Eight restaurants and lounges offer scenic views of the lagoon and
the ocean. In addition to flexible space designed for meetings, conferences and special social events, a wedding chapel, Sanya’s only waterfront wedding chapel, will be the backdrop for intimate ceremonies. A designer on-site boutique shopping arcade with five of the world’s top brands: Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Feragamo, TOD’S, Paul & Shark and Ermenegildo Zegna is a first for Hainan Island.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 76 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 38 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.


SOURCE: Ritz Carlton Sanya