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The Dinex Group appoints first CEO


December 17, 2019
By Bakers Journal
Sebastien Silvestri (left) is the new Chief Executive Officer of Chef Daniel Boulud's award-winning restaurant group, The Dinex Group. Photo credit: Bill Milne

The Dinex Group has today announced the appointment of its first-ever chief executive officer.

Founded by Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud, The Dinex Group, LLC is a collection of restaurants with an emphasis on fine dining and cuisine served at the highest level.

An authority in the hospitality industry, Sebastien Silvestri comes to Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group with more than 25 years of experience focused on development of marketing strategies, effective partnerships and branding tactics. In his newly formed position, his focus will be on defining the next era for The Dinex Group’s entire collection of restaurants and brands and expanding the brand portfolio through strategic acquisitions.

Silvestri comes from Disruptive Group, where he served as chief operating officer, overseeing all of the food and beverage operations for venues across the sbe portfolio globally, including culinary concepts, nightlife venues and Umami Burger. Prior to that, he was the vice president of Food & Beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo Casino Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. It was there that he met and worked with world renowned chefs including Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud.

Boulud and Silvestri have long had professional admiration for each other, and a friendship over many years.

Said Boulud of the appointment, “With the opening of our new dining concept as well as our fourth Épicerie Boulud both at One Vanderbilt in Fall 2020, the multiple opportunities that have been presented to us for consideration in other parts of the world, our existing portfolio of 19 locations globally and a successful catering business, the time was right to engage the expertise of a veteran industry executive to help both fuel and manage our growth, as well as to ensure the level of excellence within our existing operation. Sebastien has a tremendous track record for assisting some of the most revered hospitality businesses’ experience remarkable growth, and I could not be more thrilled to have him by my side as we begin an exciting new era of Daniel Boulud restaurants.”