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Mr. Wolf

C. David Wolf

Executive Chef, The Blackwell Inn & Conference Center

C. David Wolf CEC, AAC is an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef for The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, a highly respected Summit luxury hotel catering to upscale transient executive education guests and the discerning business traveler. The Blackwell Inn has been positioned number one in the city of Columbus for annual guest room occupancy year over year. 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. He is the Columbus Chapter Chairman of the American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Committee and is serving a four-year term as Vice President Columbus Chapter American Culinary Federation. 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. In May 2008, he participated in a-hands on continued education culinary tour of Sicily, Italy from east coast to west with a keen focus on the “slow food” movement. Upon his return was honored with the American Culinary Federation Columbus Chapter 2008 Chef of the year award. In August of 2010 Chef Wolf was inducted in the American Culinary Federations' American Academy of Chefs, a prestigious honor society, hall of fame for the peer-respected colleagues in the food service industry today. In April 2012, Chef Wolf received recognition for Chef Professionalism from the American Culinary Federation representing the Northeast Region.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 614-535-7803 or wolf.522@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.