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Spend Saturdays With the Chefs, Culinary Classes at JW Marriott Orlando


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JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes Announces 2014 Series of JW Griffin Cooking School Classes

Orlando, FL – January 17, 2014 – The skilled chefs and culinary team of JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes invite guests and locals alike to go behind the scenes and experience the culinary wonders of the JW Griffin Cooking School. The new 2014 weekend series of seasonal cooking school sessions, led by the resort’s premier tastemakers, offers participants the opportunity to work alongside the chefs to ask questions and learn the techniques and secrets behind their unique dishes. Class lessons announced for the January-through-June schedule kick off with healthy living on Saturday, January 25 and range from sushi-making and Mexican cooking to crafting a hearty brew.

JW Griffin Cooking School: January – June 2014 Schedule

Saturday, January 25 – Healthy Living
Start the New Year off right by learning how to cook and eat healthier. The JW Marriott Orlando culinary team will show participants how to make better choices when shopping and cooking, and share secrets on how to cut out fat. Vegetarian and vegan recipes will be shared as well as gluten-free and sugar-free options.
• $65 per person; includes a healthy lunch
• 10am – 1pm in PRIMO Restaurant

Saturday, February 15 – Sushi
Learn how to “roll” with the best from JW Marriott Orlando’s classically trained Sushi Chef. He will discuss what to look for when purchasing the best quality fish, how to make perfect sushi rice and teach several different types of rolls. He will also discuss different types of sake and how to pair it with sushi.
• $70 per person; includes a sushi lunch and sake tasting
• 1pm – 4pm in the Citrus Room at Citron Restaurant

Saturday, March 8 – Pizza
Learn the art of pizza making from the chefs in the award-winning Primo Restaurant. They will cover dough-making, pizza stretching, choosing creative seasonal toppings and how to make your own mozzarella for a perfect margarita pizza.
• $65 per person; includes a pizza lunch
• 10am – 1pm in PRIMO Restaurant

Saturday, May 10 – Mexican Cuisine
Participants learn how to cook authentic Mexican food. Chefs will teach how to make Beef Birria, a traditional stew served on holidays, Mole, a very popular sauce used throughout the country, as well as tortillas from scratch and more.
• $65 per person; includes a Mexican lunch
• 10am – 1pm in PRMO Restaurant

Saturday, June 14 – Beer Making
The resort’s brew masters will share the secrets to making simple and delicious beer. Perfect for Father’s Day!
• $55 per person; includes two bottles of finished product
• 10am – 1pm in PRIMO Restaurant

All classes are held on property at Grande Lakes Orlando. The JW Griffin Cooking School is open to both resort guests and visitors to participate. Reservations are required in advance as space is limited. To reserve, please call (407) 393-4619. Price does not include taxes or gratuities.  

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About Grande Lakes Orlando
Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott Hotels. In particular, the Grande Lakes Adventure Experiences program, which includes kayak and canoe eco-tours and a fishing school, reflects the resort’s natural surroundings. Grande Lakes also offers the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly, new total-wellness inspired treatment programs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction. 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.
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 offering a new rooftop eco-space, a wide selection of natural treatments, baths and hydrotherapies, and advice from the world’s first Citrus Consultant. Membership offerings are also available through The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Members Club. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit
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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 59 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries.

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