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Mr. Wolf

David Wolf

Executive Chef, The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

David Wolf is American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef for The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio a highly respected Preferred Hotels and Resorts, Lifestyles Collection Hotel with the highly acclaimed Forbes and AAA three star rating. The Inn caters to upscale transient executive education guests and the discerning business traveler and is positioned number one in the city of Columbus for annual guest room occupancy year over year in addition to the best hotel in the city from trip advisor reports. Recently the U.S. News and World report Travel ranked the Blackwell the #1 spot for best hotels in Ohio and #1 respectively in the city of Columbus. Chef Wolf's interest in cooking began at age 14 where he helped to prepare traditional Italian cuisine in his grandmother's kitchen. His first restaurant position at age 16 launched his lifelong career in culinary arts. Previous to Chef Wolf's position with the Blackwell he was Executive Chef with the Global Hyatt Hotel Corporation for 23 years holding positions at the Hyatt Regency, Hyatt on Capitol Square and Hyatt's luxury brand at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, registered as a National Historic Landmark. Chef Wolf has prior restaurant positions throughout Columbus and in Cincinnati Ohio. Chef Wolf's education took place at La Varenne, Ecole d'Cuisine, Paris France, The International School of Confectionery Arts, The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, and The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He is a member of The American Culinary Federation, World Association of Cooks, the James Beard Foundation and the esteemed Commanderie des Costes du Rhone. Locally, Chef Wolf holds a seat on the Columbus State Community College Advisory Board in addition to Eastland and SW Career and Tec secondary schools. He is the American Culinary Federation Columbus Chapter Chairman of the Apprenticeship Committee in addition to serving a four-year term as Vice President. In March 2008, Chef Wolf received the prestigious Presidential Medallion for years of committed dedication to the American Culinary federation and training of apprentices in culinary arts.

Please visit http://theblackwell.com for more information.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 614-247-4014 or wolf522@osu.edu

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.