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JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes Announces Two Food & Beverage Appointments


Michaelann Millrood / Paige Scala
Laura Davidson Public Relations /

Orlando, FL – March 13, 2015 – Jadan Sheive, a 10-year veteran of JW Marriott, has been appointed Executive Chef, JW Marriott Orlando and Mariano Vegel is the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine at Primo by Melissa Kelly, the resort’s farm-to-fork restaurant.

Chef Sheive returns to the property after being part of the 2003 grand opening team at Primo.  In his new position, he will oversee all culinary operations at the 1,000-room JW Marriott including several restaurants, banquet operations, Whisper Creek Farm and the soon-to-open Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen.

A native of Central Maine, Chef Sheive started his career at Chef Kelly’s flagship Primo in Rockland, Maine. Since 2012, he has held the position of Executive Chef at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix and previously held chef positions at JW Marriott Hangzhou and JW Marriott Beijing in China (during the 2008 Olympics) as well as JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, CA and JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson.  Chef Sheive graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is a member of the American Culinary Federation.

Chef Mariano Vegel has been with JW Marriott Orlando since 2006 when he arrived in Orlando from his native Argentina. Since then he has held several chef positions across the property’s various food and beverage outlets starting at Citron, the resort’s casual dining restaurant, then moving on to Primo and Quench pool bar, and JW Marriott Orlando’s lobby lounge Sushi Bar. He returns to Primo to oversee day-to-day kitchen operations of this award-winning restaurant.

Chef Vegel holds a degree in Culinary Arts from the Argentine Institute of Gastronomy.

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About Grande Lakes Orlando
Grande Lakes Orlando is a 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Orlando’s luxury leader provides an authentic, local experience from its farm-to-fork dining offerings to its Grande Lakes Adventures Experiences, which include kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, and a fishing school. Grande Lakes presents the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly’s PRIMO, and the resort recently opened both on-site apiaries and an 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm, serving as a fruit & vegetable garden, chicken coop, and outdoor event space. In September 2014 the resort opened a new casual dining restaurant, Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando.

Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa with total-wellness treatments and a rooftop eco-space. The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott are connected by a robust conference center, with more than 150,000 square feet of meeting space, 6 ballrooms, 46 breakout rooms, and over 107,000 square feet of outdoor space. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks. Membership offerings are also available through The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Members Club. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit Follow Grande Lakes Orlando on Twitter at @RC_Orlando and @JW_Orlando.
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About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 70 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

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