MC Hotel names new executive chef for its Allegory Restaurant and Alto Bar

MC Hotel hires new executive chef
MC Hotel exterior view.

The MC Hotel, part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels, on Tuesday named Stephen Copeland its new executive chef, where he will lead all culinary programming for the 159-room property and completely revamp menus while cultivating partnerships in Montclair.

Copeland brings not only experience, but innovation to the MC Hotel’s signature Allegory restaurant and Alto bar as executive chef. He has cooked at some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, including the Roof at the Gramercy Park Hotel, Maialino and the Langham on Fifth Avenue. Copeland also acted as executive chef at Maplewood Country Club. Additionally, Copeland has worked extensively with Michelin-starred chefs Luigi and Nicolo Pomata.

“I am honored to bring my experience to the MC Hotel,” Copeland said. “I am committed to delivering exceptional dining experiences, including the culinary marvels that I hold closest to my heart. I look forward to offering our guests a unique adventure that truly transforms our restaurant.”

Under Copeland’s leadership, Allegory will offer Mediterranean-inspired coastal cuisine in a shared-plate, multicourse format alongside a selection of craft cocktails, draft beer and a robust wine menu. He will introduce some of his beloved creations into the new menu, such as the ricci with short rib ragu and the pollo diavolo, as well as an array of desserts, such as guerrero sorbet, valhrona chocolate cake and chocolate pecan pie a la mode.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Stephen Copeland to the MC Hotel,” Ryan Schneider, general manager at Aparium Hotel Group, which manages the MC Hotel Autograph Collection, said. “Chef Copeland’s culinary artistry beautifully marries local flavors and regional ingredients with the allure of international Mediterranean tastes. His creations will transport our guests on a culinary voyage that celebrates the best of both worlds, promising a truly extraordinary dining experience.”

In addition to Allegory’s refresh, Copeland will introduce a new food menu consisting of hot bites, cold bites and sweets for Alto, Montclair’s only rooftop bar that features sweeping views of Manhattan.

Located at 690 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair., the MC Hotel is just 45 minutes from New York City. It is part of the thriving artistic community, close to several art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, and offers programs and events year-round.