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The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande lakes Appoints New Director of Food & Beverage


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Orlando, Fla. – February 3, 2015 – Chris Brown has been appointed Director of Food & Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. An award-winning chef and barbeque pitmaster, he has served as Executive Chef of JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes since 2011.  Both properties are located on the 500-acre Grande Lakes estate. In his new position, he will oversee the management of all food and beverage operations at the 582-room Ritz-Carlton, including the new Highball & Harvest, the hotel’s much-acclaimed casual dining restaurant that opened in September 2014.

During his time at the JW Marriott, he spearheaded major advancements both in and out of the kitchen, in particular enhancing the resort’s farm-to-fork culinary program. Brown was the lead chef behind the 2012 creation of Whisper Creek Farm, an 18,000-square-foot on-site farm and event space as well as the rejuvenation of the on-site honeybee apiaries. He has won several awards and accolades for his acclaimed barbeque, and in 2013 received the Award of Culinary Excellence Global Chef of the Year from JW Marriott Hotels. Brown’s legacy at JW Marriott Orlando also includes the concept behind Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery, a nanobrewery opening in Spring 2015 (Brown is one of a handful of Cicerone-certified chefs in the country) and The Kitchen, a small-plates restaurant also opening in Spring 2015.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris Brown to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando,” said Jon McGavin, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes. “His knowledge and talent combined with his exceptional experience at Grande Lakes Orlando will allow him to continue to positively grow the culinary program at the resort.”

Prior to serving as Executive Chef at JW Marriott Orlando, Brown was Executive Chef at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass. Brown has also held chef positions at Orlando World Center Marriott and New Orleans Marriott. Chef Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a certified Master BBQ Cook and KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) Certified Judge.



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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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).



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