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LAKE LOUISE, AB March 29, 2021 – Nicholas Issel has been appointed Executive Chef at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, effective March 1, 2021. In his new role, he will oversee the hotel’s culinary operations, including all restaurants, bars and events.

Chef Issel brings over twenty-five years of experience to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. With a passion for art, design and wellness, he has put his skills to good use and contributed to seven restaurant openings. He started his career in gastronomy in 2005 as Chef de Cuisine at the Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns and pursued the same role in Vancouver from 2008 to 2012. He then moved on the role of Executive Sous Chef in Singapore for the same chain, a role he held from 2012 to 2014. He was then named Executive Chef at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Manila where he oversaw the revamp of the hotel’s five outlets. He was in the Philippines until 2017. Later that year, he joined the JW Marriott Parq and Douglas Autograph Collection hotels in Vancouver.

Of his new opportunity with Fairmont, Chef Issel stated, “We draw inspiration from the natural beauty of our location and strive to create culinary experiences that rival its majesty. This is why I am so excited to be part of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise team.”

“We are excited to have Chef Nicholas join our team,” said Tracy Lowe, General Manager, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. “His focus on wellness and his passion for art, coupled with his extensive global experience, makes him the ideal culinary leader to guide us through this next chapter.”

In his free time, Chef Issel enjoys created bespoke artwork and paintings.


Offering 539 elegant guest rooms, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is situated in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the year-round luxury mountain resort offers an array of outdoor recreational activities, many of which are accessible right from the hotel’s doorstep. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and horse drawn sleigh rides in winter; and hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking and river rafting in summer. Led by award-winning naturalists, a Mountain Adventure Program offers guided mountain tours. Active, enjoyable and educational programming is available through a Kid’s Camp. Guests can enjoy on-site amenities and services that include seven restaurants, a luxury Spa, Health Club and 36,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space. Catering to business executives and leisure travelers, an exclusive lifestyle hotel experience is offered on Fairmont Gold. Recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism the mountain resort earned the top rating of 5 keys through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program from 2016 to 2019.


Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, authentic experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, grand public spaces, locally inspired cuisine and celebrated bars and lounges, Fairmont promises a special brand of thoughtful luxury that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 75 hotels, Fairmont also takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. |


Lynn Henderson
Regional Director, Public Relations
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada’s Western Mountain Region

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