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Jonathan Shea joins Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou as Executive Chef


Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou has appointed New Zealander, Jonathan Shea, as its new Executive Chef. 

Affectionately known as Chef Jonny by colleagues, Jonathan Shea is no stranger to Asia. Having honed his craft in many kitchens around the world, he has most recently spent time perfecting his skills in Shanghai, Qingdao and Nanjing before coming to Guangzhou.

Ebony, fine dining at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou
Ebony, fine dining at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

Jonny is excited to be a part of the team at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou. As the new Executive Chef, he will be responsible for the smooth running of kitchens serving the hotel’s restaurants and banquets, working with a team of more than 100 staff.

Eager to showcase his creative recipes and present guests with an unparalleled dining experience, Chef Jonny’s talents will soon become apparent at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Ebony.

“Guangzhou is renowned for being a gourmet haven and I look forward to introducing a different style of dining with a healthy and modern twist,” said Chef Jonny, “I am very keen to build on Ebony’s reputation as offering one of the best dining experiences in Guangzhou.”

Ebony, a casually elegant take on the legendary Mandarin Grill, offers prime cuts and jet-fresh seafood. Its verdant outdoor garden has become a favourite spot for al fresco dining in Guangzhou.

Jonny began his career in hospitality at The Hilton Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2002. Seven years later he moved on to The Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, where he worked with three-Michelin Star Chef, Jean Georges Vongerichten. Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou, he was the Executive Chef at The Shangri-La Hotel in Nanjing.

He is a graduate of New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology.

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