Simon Lazarus

Simon Lazarus

Vice President Food & Beverage,
Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

As vice president of Food & Beverage (“F&B”) for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Lazarus is responsible for devising and implementing F&B strategy for the company’s operational hotels and hotels under development. Based at Hilton Worldwide’s area office in Dubai, he has assembled an effective, growing team of F&B professionals since first arriving in the Middle East in 2008 as senior area director of the department. Under his leadership, the F&B division has successfully developed into an award winning operation and is now one of the largest restaurant providers in EMEA.

Born in Montreal and raised in Jamaica, Lazarus graduated from both the Culinary Arts & the Hospitality Management programmes at Vancouver Island University.

He became an Apprentice Chef with Hilton Toronto in 1993 and moved up through the ranks working in flagship Hilton properties in Zurich, London, the Bahamas and Amsterdam, becoming Executive Chef in seven years. During his time as Executive Chef, he joined the Hilton European Area F&B team, developing standards manuals and contributing to the openings of several European hotels.

In 2006, he became Area Director of Food & Beverage for Hilton UK & Ireland, responsible for F&B operations in over 75 properties before relocation to Dubai. In 2014 he became Vice President of F+B for EMEA and under his leadership, the F&B division has successfully developed into an award-winning operation and, with some 381 restaurants and 429 bars in EMEA, is now one of the largest restaurant providers in the region serving more than 45 million guests per year in Hilton Worldwide’s restaurants, bars and more than 5.8 millions square meters of meeting space.

He is responsible for 14 corporate staff, and a team of more than 23,000 F&B Team Members across 70 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa.