HOUSTON, TX – JULY 2014 – Jose Hernandez has been appointed Executive Chef of Radio Milano, a contemporary Italian restaurant and bar concept anticipated to debut at Hotel Sorella in Houston’s bustling CITYCENTRE district late this summer.  A native of Mexico City, Hernandez began his culinary journey at 14, working as an assistant in a pastry kitchen.  Over the past 20 years, he has held prominent positions at renowned restaurants throughout Mexico, Manhattan and his adopted hometown of Houston, where he returned in 2010 after a nearly three-year hiatus in New York City.

Prior to joining the Radio Milano pre-opening team, Hernandez was the Executive Chef of La Balance Cuisine in the Katy suburb of Cinco Ranch.  Shortly after opening, the restaurant was awarded a coveted three-star rating from the Houston Chronicle.  From 2011 until 2013, Hernandez was the Chef de Cuisine at Triniti in the Upper Kirby District.  It was at Triniti, a James Beard Award nominee, where he first transitioned from pastry to savory.

In 2010, Hernandez served on the pre-opening team of Philippe Restaurant + Lounge in Uptown as Pastry Chef.  In this capacity, he created the dessert and baking program for the namesake restaurant of Executive Chef Philippe Schmit, the only Master Chef of France in Texas.  Hernandez first worked with Schmit as Pastry Chef at New York City’s Orsay from 2001 until 2004.  During this time, the restaurant earned a two-star rating from the New York Times.  From 2004 until 2005, he joined Schmit again as Pastry Chef of Bistro Moderne at Houston’s Hotel Derek.  Bistro Moderne cemented both chefs’ careers in Houston and earned a three-star rating from the Houston Chronicle.

Following Bistro Moderne, Hernandez spent nearly four years with acclaimed Executive Chef Scott Tycer as the Corporate Pastry Chefs for concepts that included Aries, a Houston Chronicle four-star recipient, Gravitas and Kraftsmen Bakery, which continues to supply some of the top restaurants in Houston and Austin.

While in Manhattan, Hernandez had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best chefs in the city.  In 2008, he was employed as the Pastry Chef at Michelin-starred Fiamma with James Beard Award-winning Chef Fabio Trabocchi.  In 2009, he moved to the famed Four Seasons Restaurant as the Executive Pastry Chef, and from 2009 until 2010, joined Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel as the Pastry Chef at modern American steakhouse, BLT, which also received a three-star rating from the New York Times.

During the 1990s, Hernandez enjoyed the tutelage of Master Chef of France Olivier Lombard in two of Mexico City’s most well-regarded establishments:  Hotel Presidente Intercontinental (previously Hotel Stouffers Presidente) and Club de Industriales Mexico.  He was also the Pastry Chef at Hotel Westin in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.


CONTACT:       Stuart Rosenberg

Studio Communications



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2014 Holiday Events at Hotel Sorella

Tis the Season to be “SASSY” at the Sorella!

From the traditional to the ultra sassy we can do it all!

Plan a holiday event in houston

From the Meeting & Events Centre to the 12th Floor Penthouse we have the perfect space for your 2014 Holiday Event or Celebration!

Keep a look out for our upcoming Holiday Party planning tips.

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Dream Weddings in Houston

Hotel Sorella presents Weddings by “Elle.”

This, my future brides, is how we do weddings at the Hotel Sorella-CITYCENTRE!

Dream weddings in Houston at Hotel Sorella

A Wedding at Hotel Sorella

Whether you are planning an intimate ceremony, or a grand reception, Hotel Sorella is among the best locations in Houston. Contact Ms. Elle by e-mail, or telephone at 713.827.3508, to start planning your dream wedding now. 

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Book Smart with Valencia Group & Hotel Sorella

Valencia Group’s annual Book Smart Promotion is underway! Hotel Sorella is asking for the support of our overnight guests by donating a new print or audio book.

We look forward to seeing you this summer and contributing to literacy in the Houston community! In return for your donation, we will toast your donation with a voucher or credit for a complimentary adult beverage in Bistro Bar.

Valid for stays June 1 – August 31, 2014. Limit one voucher or credit per visit.

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Book Early and Save at Hotel Sorella!

Book early and save! Spring is just around the corner which means that Hotel Sorella is offering our annual Easter Holiday special of Stay 2 Nights, Receive a 3rd Night FREE.  Enjoy all the events and activities in Houston’s CITYCENTRE while staying in sophisticated luxury at our boutique hotel in Houston, just steps away from all the shopping, dining and events that CITYCENTRE has to offer.

Reserve Online Now or visit our website for more information about our Special Offers and Packages.

*Rates from $169, subject to availability.  Valid for stays April 17 – April 20, 2014. This special offer is also available Memorial Day, May 22 – May 26, 2014 and Independence Day, June 27 – July 6, 2014. Not valid for all room types.  Black out dates and restrictions apply.

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Holiday Savings at Hotel Sorella

Capture the magic of the Holidays at our boutique Hotel in Houston and enjoy our seasonal Hotel deal of Stay 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night FREE! Our luxury hotel is steps away from dining, shopping and the magical Holiday events that only Houston’s CITYCENTRE can offer.

Book Now or find out more about this special promotion and other offers and packages at our boutique hotel in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

*Rates from $169, subject to availability, black out dates and restrictions apply. Not valid for all room types.


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Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza, our sister Property

The opening date for Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza, our sister hotel in Kansas City, is fast approaching.  A beautiful hotel fusing modern design with a Mediterranean influence, our Country Club Plaza hotel will offer the gracious amenities and impeccable service that Hotel Sorella has become known for. Visit the Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza website to find out more about the newest Hotel Sorella, opening on November 6, 2013.


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General Manager, Ryan Gullion blogs about his day

Find out about a day in the life of of the General Manager at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE. Ryan Gullion tells us what it takes to deliver the award winning service that guests at our hotel in Houston’s CITYCENTRE, near the Engery Corridor,  have come to expect. Read the blog now.

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Weekend Getaways in Houston at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE is the best hotel choice for a weekend getaway in Houston!

If you are planning a getaway, select from the many packages and special promotions that Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE has to offer. Whether your plans this weekend include romance, a girlfriend’s getaway or dining at one of the many spots in CITYCENTRE, Hotel Sorella has the package for you!  Take advantage of these great weekend hotel deals, while enjoying all that our hotel in CITYCENTRE has to offer including complimentary continental breakfast and complimentary high speed internet access.

Reserve Online Now or call 866.842.0100 to make a reservation. Visit our website for more information about Special Offers and Packages and Events at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE.


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Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE offers Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Night FREE!

Just in time to enjoy the Easter Holiday and the fun of Houston’s CITYCENTRE, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE is offering a Buy 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night FREE special offer!  Enjoy the Spring weather and staying at our boutique hotel near Houston’s energy corridor and all the shopping, dining and events just steps away in CITYCENTRE.

Reserve Online Now or call 866.842.0100 to make a reservation. Visit our website for more information about our Special Offers and Packages.

*Rates from $169, subject to availability.  Valid for stays March 28 – April 1, 2013. This special offer is also available Memorial Day, May 23 – May 27, 2013 and Independence Day, June 28 – July 7, 2013. Not valid for all room types.  Black out dates and restrictions apply.

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