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The Westin Phoenix Downtown Appoints New Executive Chef

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel has some exciting news. They have named Chef Marco Garcia as their new executive chef. Chef Marco is a culinary veteran, bringing more than a decade of hospitality experience to the job.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown Appoints New Executive Chef“Chef Marco comes aboard at a most opportune time, as we embark on a major renovation of our restaurant,” said John Ford, general manager at The Westin Phoenix Downtown. “The substantial improvements we are making to the restaurant will be further enhanced by the Chef’s enthusiasm and creativity in the kitchen.”

As Executive Chef, Chef Marco will lead all culinary ventures. This includes directing day-to-day operations of Province Urban Kitchen and Bar. This is in addition to banquet functions, in-room dining and stewarding.

Chef Marco is also excited to develop and execute inspired new recipes and menu that will highlight the Westin Hotel brand. Chef Marco will fulfill a longtime passion of training and manage the culinary team.

“I’m a hands-on leader, said Chef Marco. “It’s important to me to stand side by side with the culinary team, teaching and mentoring them. Cooking is just one component to being a chef. My goal is to be someone who helps develop new chefs.”

So, who is Chef Marco?

He has spent more that 12 years with Marriott International before coming to The Westin Phoenix Downtown. His first position was prep cook for JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. After that, he moved to kitchen supervisor for the banquets supervisor. He then spent almost 5 years as executive sous chef at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown.

Chef Marco developed a passion for sustainability and farm raised foods while at the Renaissance. He was able to cultivate relationships with local vendors. He plans to bring them and his environmentally friendly practices to the hotel and its signature restaurant, Province. “For the Westin, my hope is to create menus featuring local, regional foods and flavors that are pleasing to the environment, to the eye and to the palate,” said Chef Marco.

We can’t wait to see where Chef Marco is able to take Province and the hotels culinary vibe. Congratulations, Chef!

The Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel and The Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel| 333 N. Central Ave.| Phoenix| 85004

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About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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