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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.