Group Director of Food and Beverage

Lydia Forte is the Group Director of Food & Beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels overseeing the global strategy, development and performance of the group’s restaurants, bars, in-room dining and meetings & events. Lydia is a recent winner of Top Family Business Rising Star at the European Families in Business Awards in 2018 and was also an investor in the first season of BBC2’S television series, Million Pound Menu.  Lydia holds a degree in Modern History from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD. She is the daughter of Sir Rocco Forte, founder and CEO of Rocco Forte Hotels.

Career Highlights

Joined Rocco Forte Hotels in 2014

In 2015, Lydia opened Irene, a Tuscan Bistro at Hotel Savoy in Florence with Fulvio Pierangelini, 2 Michelin starred chef and Culinary Director at Rocco Forte Hotels
Sophia’s Restaurant and Bar, a botanical bistro at The Charles Hotel in Munich launched in 2016

In 2018, Lydia launched Brasserie Prince, a French brasserie and bar at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh with Michel and Alain Roux

In 2019, Carosello was launched at Masseria Torre Maizza offering classic Apulian cuisine by Fulvio Pierangelini. In addition, two restaurants and two bars were launched at Hotel de la Ville in Rome

Lydia has grown the F&B revenue for the group year on year since joining in 2014 and it now equates to 25% of total group revenue

Lydia is currently working on the development and overall F&B concept for The Westbund Hotel in Shanghai and Villa Igiea in Palermo – both due to open in 2021