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Mr. Buck

Randy Buck

Executive Chef, Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Chef Randy Buck has served as Executive Chef at the historic Hotel Monteleone for nearly 20 years and has overseen the menu direction of the Hunt Room Grill, Le Cafe, the Aft-Deck Oyster Bar and the Hotel's newest outlet Criollo Restaurant, which focuses on a local ingredient driven seasonal menu. A native of Tennessee, Chef Buck was first introduced to fine dining at the age of 17, serving initially as a Line Cook for the well-known Club Corporation of America and later progressing to Executive Chef of their various private dining clubs. Focusing on a pasture to plate ideology that stems back to his youth, Chef Buck describes his style of cooking as Louisiana Contemporary taking fresh approaches to classic dishes. Chef Buck has appeared in numerous national media publications and made several appearances on national food network television stations including Wheel of Fortune (“Great Chefs of New Orleans”), The Travel Channel, Food Network and The Food Channel. In April 2013, the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter named Executive Chef Randy Buck of Hotel Monteleone as the 2013 Chef of the Year.

Mr. Buck can be contacted at 504-523-3341 or rbuck@hotelmonteleone.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.