• Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center Appoints Executive Chef Franco Diaz

     
    POSTED May 27, 2014
     

Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center recently announced the appointment of culinary artist and Chicago-native Chef Franco Diaz as executive chef. 

Upon completion of its $25 million transformation this July, Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center, a Rockbridge portfolio property, will unveil a chic new bar and restaurant concept as well as a stunning, ninth-floor 3,000-square-foot ballroom with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline.

One of Chef Diaz's passions is to respect the quality of ingredients, understanding and using the best products available in his dishes. "Food should evoke all the senses; smell, taste, aesthetics and texture," said Chef Diaz. "I strive to tap into each of the senses when creating my menus."

This creativity will help him in the development of innovative menus that transform the dining experience at Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center into a culinary journey.

Chef Diaz welcomes his new position with years of experience at some of the nation’s most prestigious hotels. He started his career with the Peninsula Hotel Chicago, holding various roles including garde manger sous chef and banquet sous chef. He then went on to join Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as executive sous chef of the St. Regis Aspen Colorado, host for the annual Food and Wine Magazine classic festival. 

Chef Diaz's experience in Aspen led him to then be selected as part of two back-to-back AAA five diamond award winning hotel openings, as opening executive sous chef of both St. Regis Princeville Kauai and St. Regis Bal Harbour Florida. St. Regis Resort Bal Harbour Florida was named AAA five diamond hotel just three months after opening and awarded the prestigious Forbes Five Star Award.

Chef Diaz joins Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center after most recently serving as Executive Chef at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

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