Source: Marriott International

Marco Island Marriott Appoints New Executive Chef

Seasoned Executive Chef Brings Over 16 Years of Culinary Expertise to Marco Island's Premier Resort

MARCO ISLAND, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 18, 2014) - The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Chef, James Samson. Chef Samson comes to the Florida resort from the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel and brings an extensive resume and award-winning culinary achievements to Marco Island Marriott's food & beverage program.

With more than 16 years of culinary experience, Chef Samson has climbed the hospitality ranks since beginning his career as a restaurant chef at the Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida. Holding multiple positions throughout his career including Executive Sous Chef at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and culinary college instructor, Chef Samson was part of major restaurant renovations at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, and subsequently earned the "Ace Rising Star" award in 2007 for the Renaissance brand.

In his new role, Chef Samson will oversee all daily kitchen operations and menus, ensuring the highest standard of culinary excellence are executed throughout Marco Island Marriott's nine bars and restaurants.

"We wanted to be sure we found the right person to help us continue to take our Food and Beverage program to another level and we're very fortunate to have found Chef Samson," says Charlie Albanos, Director of Food & Beverage at Marco Island Marriott. "He comes highly recommended from many that have worked with him and will be a major asset to our culinary team."

Marriott's Marco Island luxury hotel in Naples, FL is ready to welcome him on October 4th, 2014, when he is set to officially take over as Executive Chef at the property.

Chef James Samson graduated from the Florida Culinary Institute and is also an avid golfer and a licensed private pilot.

About Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa

Like no other resort in Southwest Florida, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa is the perfect island within an island escape. The 726-room Balinese-styled resort evokes complete tranquility and harmony. The resort features 3 pools, a luxurious Balinese inspired spa, magnificent outdoor dining and meeting spaces, -- two Championship golf courses -- the Rookery at Marco and Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, and finely appointed rooms and suites. Located 20 minutes south of Naples and just a 50-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport; Marco Island Marriott Resort & Spa is the ultimate sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Contact Information:

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island Florida 34145 USA

Media Contact:
Lisa Schwartz
Diamond Public Relations