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Mr. Molloy

Michael Molloy

Executive Chef, Wyndham Grand Jupiter

With more than 16 years of culinary experience, Michael Molloy is now overseeing culinary staff and operations as the executive chef of Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. A key figure in pre-opening efforts for several upscale and luxury properties, Mr. Molloy was brought on to lead the culinary direction for the new upscale hotel in Jupiter, Florida. Most recently, Mr. Molloy was responsible for five food and beverage outlets as executive sous chef of the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, where he also helped develop menus and food concepts at the resort's award-winning deep blu seafood grille. Having earned its reputation as one of Orlando's best restaurants, the deep blu seafood grille concept is now open at Wyndham Grand Jupiter as the property's main restaurant. Influenced by the farm-to-table movement, Mr. Molloy's menus reflect a concentrated effort to deliver outstanding, sustainable dishes that also support local farmers, fish mongers and businesses. He connects to the local culture through his use of simple, fresh ingredients, allowing his flavors to tell the story of the dish and the surrounding area - ultimately focusing on offering unique takes on Jupiter's favorites and providing our guests with an unrivaled dining experience. In addition to his history with the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand, Mr. Molloy's background includes culinary positions at the Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Royal Pacific Resort, a Lowes Hotel, in Orlando, Florida, and The Gaylord National Resort Convention Center in Washington D.C., the largest convention hotel on the east coast. Mr. Molloy earned his associate's degree in culinary arts from The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute before moving to Florida to start his career. Mr. Molloy has worked his way from line cook to executive chef and has experience and skill in all aspects of culinary hospitality, from the basics of operations to serving groups of 10,000 people. He is utilizing his experience and passion to bring Jupiter's culinary scene to life for both travelers and local residents.

Please visit www.wyndhamgrandjupiter.com for more information.

Mr. Molloy can be contacted at 888-215-2756 or michael.molloy@wyn.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.