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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.