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Mr. Rodriguez

Antonio Rodriguez

Executive Chef, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Antonio Rodriguez has been an Executive Chef for more than 12 years and is currently the Executive Chef of Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa since January 2013. He served as Executive Chef of Hotel Galvez and Spa in Galveston, Texas, from February 2011 to January 2013. In addition to his skill development from his many years in Sous Chef and Executive Sous Chef positions, his culinary training is supported through course and certification courses from the Culinary Institute of America and the American Culinary Federation. Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa is an award-winning resort known for unparalleled cuisine - from GOLD overlooking the city to the casual Lookout Bar & Grille, from elegant wedding dinners to simple cowboy cookouts. GOLD offers a new and contemporary culinary adventure. The menu concept blends fresh and innovative contemporary American cuisine with a touch of desert-inspired flavor. The Lookout Bar & Grille is a more casual dining choice with a lighter menu, easygoing atmosphere and stunning views. The cuisine features comfort food with a contemporary twist. Since 2010, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa has been named an AAA Four Diamond Award® recipient each year, which honors the hotel for its commitment to excellence throughout the entire property, including GOLD restaurant, the resort's extensive array of amenities, guest services and its attention to detail.

Mr. Rodriguez can be contacted at 800-722-2500 or anrodriguez@wyndham.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.