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Fusion Group appoints new F&B Manager

Released at: 19:46, 22/01/2019

Fusion Group appoints new F&B Manager

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Mr. David Perlmutter takes on role at Vietnam-based hospitality group.

by Doanh Doanh

The Vietnam-based Fusion Group has appointed Mr. David Perlmutter to the role of F&B Manager.

From head waiter to heading operations for an entire restaurant group, Mr. Perlmutter has taken on just about every role in the restaurant industry over the last two decades. His latest challenge sees him stepping into the hotel sector as Fusion food & beverage manager.

He joins Fusion, which operates several wellness-inspired resorts and hotels throughout Vietnam, at a fertile time for the group.

It plans to open two new properties in 2019, with two “all-suite” hotels and three “all-spa-inclusive” resorts already in the Fusion portfolio alongside the recently-launched Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion. As the group expands, Mr. Perlmutter’s role will involve taking Fusion’s signature onsite restaurants back to their roots, elevating simplicity and authenticity over blue-sky reinvention.
“People come here wanting a ‘back to the source’ experience,” he said. “We will aim to provide this, with dishes cooked, prepared and presented in the most traditional way possible, to the highest standards possible, and with the best locally-sourced ingredients possible.”
While the French national now lives and breathes all things food related, working in F&B wasn’t initially on his radar. “I studied history but all of that changed in 1996 when I got a job as a waiter,” he explains. “I quickly developed a passion for food and slowly worked my way through almost every position in the business - even sometimes jumping into the kitchen when needed.”
Since switching paths, he eventually went on to manage several restaurants in Paris and made the move to Asia three years ago. His most recent position was Group Director of Operations for the Farandole Group in Bangkok, where he was responsible for overseeing three popular restaurants and bars in the city.
Mr. Perlmutter’s position with Fusion is his first F&B role within a hotel group.

Since its launch in 2008, Fusion has become a leading innovator of wellness-inspired hotels and resorts and is now the only fully vertically-integrated hospitality company in Southeast Asia. Under one roof, Fusion conceptualizes, designs, builds and manages beachside resorts and city hotels through its uniquely-branded hospitality concepts.

Fusion has opened six resorts and hotels in Vietnam, with a team now exceeding 1,800 employees, including 300 spa specialists.

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