Editorial Board

Mr. Sanchez

Frank Sanchez

Executive Chef, Chicago Downtown Marriott

Chicago Downtown Marriott Magnificent Mile Executive Chef Frank Sanchez, formerly the hotel’s executive sous chef, oversees all culinary operations at the hotel and its F&B outlets, Harvest Restaurant and Rush Street Pantry, including management of the hotel’s rooftop garden and beehives. Chef Sanchez also operates a year-round, on-site experience to create food from scratch that gives customers fresh and nutritional options. Chef and his team begin the seedling process of planting product that can be grown indoors, along with rotating crop of micro-greens. He strives to grow product, reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint and create an interesting narrative for the hotel and restaurants. As well as menu planning, Chef Sanchez executes the garden aesthetics, as the rooftop garden can be seen from 36 of the hotel’s 46 floors and from the fitness center, which is located on the same floor as the rooftop garden. The neat rows and tight lines in the boxes are an extension of the kitchen, and show guests that there are crops growing. Chef Sanchez has been with the company since 2010 and has demonstrated superior leadership in the culinary department. Prior to joining the Chicago Marriott, Chef Sanchez led kitchen operations as executive chef at Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa and led the banquet kitchen at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Chef Sanchez’s career highlights include creating the first-ever beer festival on Coronado Island while at Marriott. Before being hired by Marriott, Chef Sanchez graduated with a degree in business management from the University of Arizona in 2005. Please visit http://www.marriott.com for more information.

Mr. Sanchez can be contacted at 312-836-0100 or frank.sanchez@marriott.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.