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Alexis Martinez was recently appointed executive chef of Denver Marriott Tech Center.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
I am excited about creating delicious new dishes and offering a memorable dining experience to our guests. I look forward to making our team indispensable and financially successful.
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
Working in both casual, upbeat restaurants and upscale Five Diamond resort restaurants has allowed me to grow, giving me a strong work ethic and the ability to adapt quickly. I love trying new things, teaching my staff different cooking techniques and also sharing invaluable life skills. My goal is to share my passion and be simple but not simplistic in our journey.
3. How did you get into the industry?
I always remember my mom – she worked two jobs, but she when she was home she always had an apron on and was cooking. I was always curious and inspired by her work ethic – and of course her delicious food. I dreamed of playing professional baseball, but when I got my first job at a resort as a busser, I knew then that I wanted to work in the kitchen. Walking through the kitchen and asking the chef questions about the food and life in general convinced me to pursue this passion. Watching my mom work, cook and be a single parent has taught me patience and to have respect for the food we buy, cook, serve and eat.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
I am hoping to provide our guests an exceptional experience with local unique ingredients and to separate ourselves from the competition with our culinary creativity. We need to continue what was started by supporting our sales and marketing team, General Manager and all of F&B operations to embrace a strong bond.
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
What I enjoy the most is learning something new each day. I love meeting new people from both near and far and having an impact on a guest experience by providing exceptional service and memorable moments with friends and family. I love the fact that we can cook great food, experiment with new toys and that I get to be part of a team that is striving to be the best in the industry.