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Mr. Guidry

Lee Guidry

Executive Chef, Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood - Hilton

A graduate of Delgado Culinary Institute in New Orleans, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has spent more than 11 years in the culinary industry, honing his skills through various positions in Nashville, Chicago, and Crestview, Florida. His passion for cooking stems from his summers spent in the south of Sardinia, Italy where he learned classic and regional Italian preparations. He also worked with classically trained chefs from Germany, France, Spain and Japan absorbing the distinct philosophies of each region's cooking techniques. Drawing on his expertise in authentic Italian techniques and his extensive time exploring the flavors of the coast, Chef Guidry delivers a signature style and experience unique to Seagar's.

Before joining Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood, Chef Guidry dedicated two years to the Meli Cafe Group in Chicago, where he designed, executed and oversaw their first venture into dinner service. He also spent four years as the head chef at SushiSamba Rio in Chicago, where he was responsible for all aspects of the hot kitchen and worked side-by-side with Chef Shige-san, a certified Sushi Chef in the U.S. Before that, Chef Guidry worked as executive chef at Bound'ry in Nashville, where he designed seasonal menus featuring local products .

In addition to his culinary arts and chef training at Delgado Culinary Institute in New Orleans, Chef Guidry studied Psychology at the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile. He is also continuing his education through the ACF Florida program to obtain a certified executive chef title and is a certified foodservice manager in the state of Florida and the city of Chicago. He was voted "Top Ten Young Chefs" by Sarasota Magazine and nominated for "Best Chef Chicago" in 2012 by Best Chefs America.

Please visit http://www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com for more information.

Mr. Guidry can be contacted at +1 850-622-1500 or lguidry@hiltonsandestinbeach.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.