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Mr. York

Cory York

Chef de Cuisine, Deep Blu Seafood Grille

As a Mississippi native, Chef York began his culinary career as Saucier in a French bistro. Finding a true passion in his work he attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh, PA., where he was mentored by Master Chef Deter Kessling. Upon graduation, Chef York traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii where he found his Pan Asian flair, staging at Roy Yamaguchi's restaurant in the Hilton at Waikoloa Village. Upon his return to the mainland, Chef York opened the Oceanaire Seafood Room in Charlotte, North Carolina as Executive Chef, where he developed and pursued his passion for working with seafood. After relocating to Greenville, South Carolina, he joined Nantucket Seafood Grill as Executive Chef and operating partner. Here he was able to develop a signature cooking style, using Charleston flair with a French twist. After moving to Orlando, Chef York first joined the Grand Bohemian Hotel as Chef de Cuisine, preparing menus for rock stars to NBA all stars. Chef Cory York is now the chef de cuisine for deep blu seafood grille, the signature restaurant at the new Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, where he is infusing his Pan Asian style with an American modern twist. The one-of-a-kind experience at deep blu seafood grille features a Top Catch menu of six to eight of the day's best selections with no more than 36 hours between line and plate, handcrafted sushi, 1855 Brand Premium Black Angus Beef, creative cocktails and more. Chef York and the entire deep blu seafood grille staff he oversees are committed to providing guests with the freshest seafood, harvested utilizing sustainable methods only, flawlessly executed in the restaurant's open-air kitchen and served in a manner that allows fresh taste and natural beauty of the ingredients to shine through. The restaurant serves dinner and special events upon request with a private dining room for up to 24 guests. The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, located at 14651 Chelonia Parkway inside the Walt Disney World Resort gates, boasts 400 rooms and suites, 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, five food and beverage outlets, a zero-entry pool, access to a 18-hole championship golf course and Blue Harmony™ spa. It joins the prestigious Wyndham Grand® Collection, an ensemble of distinguished hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand that represent one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodations, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. The hotel is managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc.

Mr. York can be contacted at 877-999-3223 or cyork@wyndham.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.