Michael Ellis is the President of F&B and Culinary Experiences at febc, a global hospitality solutions company that uses the latest technologies to lead hospitality brands from inception to launch.
An American native from Colorado, Ellis studied modern European languages at university, principally French, Spanish and Italian. On a visit to Paris in 1979, his passion for food and flavour led to the decision to train as a chef. Ellis spent a year studying cooking at Ecole Ferrandi and working in a Michelin starred restaurant, Le Bistro 121 as a Commis de Cuisine, where he gained invaluable experience in the gastronomy world.
Ellis returned to the USA in 1981 to complete his studies, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and French at Oberlin College and a Master of Arts in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University. In the mid-1980s he returned to France to complete his MBA in Marketing at INSEAD.
During his career, Ellis has worked in various sales and marketing positions within the hospitality sector, including wines and spirits Brand Manager at Diageo and Managing Director at Club Med Cruises. With an immense passion for food and dining, Ellis was appointed Global Director of the Michelin Restaurant and Hotel Guides in 2011. During his seven-year tenure he extended the global reach of the guides to 31 editions in 30 countries by including new destinations such as Washington, Seoul and Guangzhou.
With more than 35 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Ellis landed the role of Chief Culinary Officer at Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts in 2018, a position he held for two-and-a-half years. His approach involved using the Michelin evaluation criteria towards developing new restaurant concepts and bringing existing sites up to “industry-leading levels”, challenging every Jumeriah outlet in Dubai to exceed these criterions.
In 2021, Ellis became a partner of multi-model hospitality solutions company febc. In his role as
President of F&B and Culinary Experiences, Ellis will share his visionary insight of the Food and Beverage industry and drive the new F&B concept development vertical, conceptulaising the latest trends, culinary styles, innovations in design and best practices.
He is currently also the Co-founder and CEO of a culinary-focused digital start-up, Passionomy.
Ellis is married to a French woman and is the father of a 12-year-old son. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golf and yoga.
Speaking at International Hospitality Investment Forum
The art of F&B: Strategies for evolving hospitality trends
Speaking at IHIF Virtual