The Dining Room at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is set to become The Royce under its new Chef de Cuisine David Fau.
Fau honed his culinary skills under famed Parisian chef Guy Savoy.
“The Royce will be accessible fine dining at its best, and I want guests to feel completely at home when they walk through the doors,” Fau said in a statement. “We will showcase the beauty and complex flavors of local produce and pure ingredients, and invite guests to experience the gastronomic wonders of true cooking.”
Before becoming a Savoy protege, Fau grew up cooking with his mother in France and earned his degree in classic cuisine at L’Ecole Hoteliere, Helene Boucher in his hometown of Le Mans. He served as executive chef of Le Miravile, a Michelin Star-rated restaurant in Paris, and then opened Latitude 40 & Version Sud in Paris.
Fau journeyed to New York to oversee Manhattan’s famed Lutce, and he spearheaded the development of its sister restaurant in Las Vegas.
In 2006, Fau joined the Patina Group and became the executive chef for Caf Pinot in downtown Los Angeles. After a year in that role, he became corporate executive chef of Patina Restaurant Group’s West Coast operation.
Scheduled for a soft re-opening in mid-October, after renovations are complete, The Royce will feature Fau’s New American menu, with light California fare, classic influences and French technique.
Langham officials say the new design of The Royce will marry the timeless and iconic nature of the hotel with fresh style concepts. (See our previous post with renderings of the new look.)
Additions to the restaurant space include two wine rooms — the “white” room with sleek and modern details, and the “red” room accented with warm and traditional touches. The new eatery also includes a glass-enclosed veranda with views of the Horseshoe Garden and a chef’s table, where guests dine on a customized menu and gain a glimpse into Fau’s kitchen.
The Royce is named after longtime owner and general manager of The Huntington Hotel, Stephen W. Royce.
The restaurant will begin accepting dinner reservations Oct. 22.
(Photo courtesy The Langham Huntington, Pasadena)