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Mr. Armstrong

John Armstrong

Executive Chef, Sheraton Seattle

John W. Armstrong IV serves as Executive Chef at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. A member of the Marriott International America's Culinary Council and legacy member of the Starwood North America Food & Beverage Council, Chef Armstrong is proud to lead exceptional teams in planning and executing menus for major events, including the 21st through 25th years of the Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His other accomplishments include building the 2015 Sheraton & Official MLB Partnership Menus, developing the 2015 Marketplace Concept for Starwood Hotels at New York Times Square. 

Chef Armstrong was a Corporate Teacher at the 2014 North America F&B Conference at Sheraton Phoenix and successfully planned and executing the first-ever Sheraton Global General Managers Summit in 2014. In 2013 executed the Rooms, IT, Six Sigma & Engineering Conference as well as creating and executing the 2013-2014 Westin & Sheraton Global Brand Phase XIII Menus.

Chef Armstrong was awarded the 2017 Marriott Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance & Leader of the Year.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including: 2016 America's Award of Culinary Excellence Nominee, March of Dimes' 2013 Lead Signature Chef, 2012 Food Cost Operational Excellence Award, and 2012 & 2013 Ecosure achievements. He has also been instrumental in making contributions to Food Lifeline, a hunger relief agency.

Previously, Chef Armstrong served as Executive Chef at Westin La Cantera, where he led the operation of multiple AAA Four Diamond restaurants spanning the La Cantera PGA Course and Arnold Palmer Course. At Westin, he successfully executed eight years of the PGA Tour Texas Open. Before joining Starwood, Chef Armstrong worked for Marriott Hotels & Resorts, during which he was named the youngest senior banquet chef in Marriott corporate history and was chosen to be on a specialized taskforce team that worked on high-profile events around the country. Prior to that, he worked at five major restaurants at Lake Buena Vista Resort & Spa and was selected to work at the five-star Arthur's 27 restaurant.

Chef Armstrong was educated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under Master Chef Dieter Kiessling where he received the President's Honors Awards for Achievement.  Most importantly, he has the love and support of his family, his wife Sonia and his two beautiful children, John V and Elena, who are the reasons for all of his hard work.

Mr. Armstrong can be contacted at 210-365-8254 or John.ArmstrongIV@sheraton.com

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.