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Mr. Buck

Randy Buck

Executive Chef, Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Chef Randy Buck has served as Executive Chef at the historic Hotel Monteleone for nearly 20 years and has overseen the menu direction of the Hunt Room Grill, Le Cafe, the Aft-Deck Oyster Bar and the Hotel's newest outlet Criollo Restaurant, which focuses on a local ingredient driven seasonal menu. A native of Tennessee, Chef Buck was first introduced to fine dining at the age of 17, serving initially as a Line Cook for the well-known Club Corporation of America and later progressing to Executive Chef of their various private dining clubs. Focusing on a pasture to plate ideology that stems back to his youth, Chef Buck describes his style of cooking as Louisiana Contemporary taking fresh approaches to classic dishes. Chef Buck has appeared in numerous national media publications and made several appearances on national food network television stations including Wheel of Fortune (“Great Chefs of New Orleans”), The Travel Channel, Food Network and The Food Channel. In April 2013, the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter named Executive Chef Randy Buck of Hotel Monteleone as the 2013 Chef of the Year.

Mr. Buck can be contacted at 504.523.3341 or rbuck@hotelmonteleone.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.