POSTED July 18, 2018

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center recently announced the addition of Director of Food & Beverage Saddiq Mir and Executive Chef Fabian Ludwig to its culinary team. The resort destination is set to open in late 2018 and will feature a wide variety of F&B options, including a steakhouse, a sports grill, a sushi bar, a cocktail lounge and multiple coffee and quick bite spots.

“Both Saddiq and Fabian are at the top of their fields and we’re thrilled to have them guiding Gaylord Rockies’ culinary direction,” says Rick Medwedeff, general manager of Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. “We’re confident that their expertise and experience will help establish our new property as a destination for both locals and visitors who are searching for diverse, authentic and exceptional cuisine.”

Mir has worked for the Gaylord Hotels brand in the past; he was the director of food and beverage at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX from 2011-2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in hotel and restaurant finance and administration from Hotel Berufsfach Schulen, as well as a degree in advanced business finance and administration studies from Golden Gate University. At Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Mir will be the strategic business leader of the property’s entire culinary operation.

Prior to joining the Gaylord Rockies team, Ludwig was the executive chef at New York Marriott Marquis in New York City’s Times Square. Ludwig has more than 25 years of experience with both launching and revamping culinary programs and has trained under certified master chefs in Hungary, Switzerland, England, Bermuda and Germany. Ludwig’s style involves classical technique and the utilization of high quality seasonal ingredients.

There is not denying that something big has happened with Colorado’s culinary scene over the past decade. Throughout the state, from the Front Range and mountains to the Western Slope, creative chef/owners, research and development chefs for catering companies and resort executive chefs are using loads of local ingredients and shaking up menus and atmospheres in unexpected and delightful ways.


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