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Mr. York

Cory York

Chef de Cuisine, Deep Blu Seafood Grille

As a Mississippi native, Chef York began his culinary career as Saucier in a French bistro. Finding a true passion in his work he attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh, PA., where he was mentored by Master Chef Deter Kessling. Upon graduation, Chef York traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii where he found his Pan Asian flair, staging at Roy Yamaguchi's restaurant in the Hilton at Waikoloa Village. Upon his return to the mainland, Chef York opened the Oceanaire Seafood Room in Charlotte, North Carolina as Executive Chef, where he developed and pursued his passion for working with seafood. After relocating to Greenville, South Carolina, he joined Nantucket Seafood Grill as Executive Chef and operating partner. Here he was able to develop a signature cooking style, using Charleston flair with a French twist. After moving to Orlando, Chef York first joined the Grand Bohemian Hotel as Chef de Cuisine, preparing menus for rock stars to NBA all stars. Chef Cory York is now the chef de cuisine for deep blu seafood grille, the signature restaurant at the new Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, where he is infusing his Pan Asian style with an American modern twist. The one-of-a-kind experience at deep blu seafood grille features a Top Catch menu of six to eight of the day's best selections with no more than 36 hours between line and plate, handcrafted sushi, 1855 Brand Premium Black Angus Beef, creative cocktails and more. Chef York and the entire deep blu seafood grille staff he oversees are committed to providing guests with the freshest seafood, harvested utilizing sustainable methods only, flawlessly executed in the restaurant's open-air kitchen and served in a manner that allows fresh taste and natural beauty of the ingredients to shine through. The restaurant serves dinner and special events upon request with a private dining room for up to 24 guests. The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, located at 14651 Chelonia Parkway inside the Walt Disney World Resort gates, boasts 400 rooms and suites, 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, five food and beverage outlets, a zero-entry pool, access to a 18-hole championship golf course and Blue Harmony™ spa. It joins the prestigious Wyndham Grand® Collection, an ensemble of distinguished hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand that represent one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodations, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. The hotel is managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc.

Mr. York can be contacted at 877-999-3223 or cyork@wyndham.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.