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Mr. Pfefferkorn

Martin Pfefferkorn

Executive Chef, Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Chef Martin Pfefferkorn has joined the landmark Hyatt Regency Atlanta as Executive Chef with plans to open three new restaurant concepts as part of the hotel's $65 million transformation in 2011. Chef Pfefferkorn, an Austrian-born, classically trained chef with more than 20 years of experience in hotels and resorts around the world, is renowned for his expertise in catering for large events and gatherings, including weddings, social banquets, business meetings and corporate functions. Chef Pfefferkorn is passionate about bringing local, seasonal food to hotel dining. His recipes have a uniquely fresh, Atlanta flavor and incorporate locally grown vegetables and regional fish, poultry and pork products. “People expect more from a hotel dining experience, and they're looking for more responsible choices in their dining. That's why we designed our food and beverage concepts at Hyatt Regency Atlanta with items like local beers, regional vegetables and meat. Even if our guests can't leave the hotel, we want them to experience a taste and flavor of Atlanta,” Chef Pfefferkorn said. The first dining concept steered by Chef Pfefferkorn at Hyatt Regency Atlanta is Twenty-Two Storys, a lobby and restaurant bar that offers guests the dining experience of a destination restaurant in a comfortable, convenient lobby setting. Twenty-Two Storys, named for the hotel's 22-story Atrium, features 22 beers, 22 wines and 22 food items, all part of a 'beer forward' menu that incorporates beer and ale from native Georgia breweries Terrapin Beer Co., Sweetwater Brewing Co. and JailHouse Brewing Co..

Mr. Pfefferkorn can be contacted at 404-577-1234 or mark.pfefferkorn@hyatt.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.