JW Marriott Nashville announces distinguished executive culinary team
JW Marriott Nashville, the Turnberry-owned luxury hotel opening this summer, is pleased to announce its distinguished team of culinary executives: Simon Bowker as Executive Chef, John Ford as Executive Sous Chef and Romain Fournel as Executive Pastry Chef. With over 40 years of experience combined, the executive culinary team will oversee all food operations for banquets, catering and the hotel’s outlets – renowned Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Bourbon Sky Rooftop Lounge, Stompin Grounds Restaurant and Market, the Cabana Club and Cumberland Bar.
“It was important to us to hire master culinarians that bring diverse backgrounds, international influences and expertise,” said Lukus Kindlesparker, General Manager of the JW Marriott Nashville. “Chef Bowker, Sous Chef Ford and Pastry Chef Fournel each have honed their skills at some of the world’s most celebrated hotels and resorts, and their unique perspectives are showcased in our artfully crafted menus and cuisine offerings.”
“Nashville is experiencing an epicurean movement, and we are thrilled to redefine the art of food, creating an inspired culinary destination in Music City,” said Simon Bowker, Executive Chef.
Executive Chef Simon Bowker
As head of the culinary division, Bowker oversees all food and beverage operations for banquets, catering and the hotel’s outlets. Prior to joining the JW Marriott Nashville, Bowker served as the Executive Sous Chef at the historic Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. At Fontainebleau, he oversaw culinary operations for over 200,000 square feet of event space and 11 outlets, including three world-famous signature restaurants, Hakkasan, Scarpetta and Stripsteak by Michael Mina. Chef Simon credits his development as a culinary leader to his time working under the resort’s well-respected VP of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef Thomas Connell.
Before moving to the United States, Chef Simon worked as the Sous Chef of the Vineyard Hotel at Stockcross, a two-star Michelin restaurant based in Berkshire, UK. While there, the restaurant was voted 8th Best Restaurant in the United Kingdom by the internationally renowned Good Food Guide. Before his time at the Vineyard, Chef Bowker worked at the iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the world’s only seven-star hotel, where he was first exposed to luxury service at the highest of standards.
Bowker studied at the Kendal College of Culinary Arts in England and received his formative training under acclaimed Chef Eric Bruce at the Belfry Hotel and Golf Resort in Birmingham, home of the Ryder Cup. Bowker’s exquisite talents have allowed him the honor of cooking for many well-known dignitaries, including Former Presidents of the United States. Through his travels and over 22 years of experience in kitchens around the world, Chef Bowker brings a unique international flair to his culinary executions.
Executive Sous Chef John Ford
John Ford joined the JW Marriott Nashville team in April 2018 as Executive Sous Chef. Before moving to
Nashville, Executive Sous Chef Ford served as Chef de Cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota where he oversaw culinary operations for highly-successful culinary outlets Jack Dusty, the Jack Dusty Market and the Bayview Pool. Previously, Ford served as Senior Sous Chef for Stripsteak by Michael Mina for two years, during which time the restaurant was named Best Steakhouse of 2016 by the Miami New Times. He also worked as a Sous Chef of Banquets and Senior Sous Chef of Banquets at Turnberry-owned iconic beachfront resort, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where he oversaw a team of 25 cooks and two sous chefs.
In 2008, Ford received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Service Management following his 2006 Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida. Chef John’s love for cooking began in high school after enrolling in a culinary arts course during which he was introduced to new flavors and cuisines. Chef John is dedicated to providing an imaginative dining experience that showcases quality ingredients at their peak.
Executive Pastry Chef Romain Fournel
Romain Fournel joined the JW Marriott Nashville team in April 2018 as Executive Pastry Chef. As one of the culinary team leaders, Chef Romain oversees the development, creation and vision of the pastry division. Prior to joining the culinary team at JW Marriott Nashville, Chef Romain spent almost ten years at Jean Philippe Patisserie in Las Vegas, where he served as the Assistant Executive Pastry Chef, direct assistant to world pastry champion Jean Philippe Maury and Executive Pastry Chef Nicolas Chevrieux. In this position, Chef Romain oversaw the overall production of the kitchen, where he and his team delicately crafted a variety of sweets – chocolate, dessert, Danish pastries, cookies and candies. Chef Romain was also in charge of creating chocolate showpieces, amenities and holiday displays to astound guests at the Aria and Bellagio hotels.
Prior to moving to the United States, Chef Romain honed his skills working in his first Pastry Chef position at Patisserie Henriet in Bidart, France, working primarily with chocolate, confectionary and pastry. Chef Romain received a Master of Arts in pastry and two Associate of Arts degrees in bakery and pastry from CFA Le Prieure in La Rochelle, France, where he learned and mastered his techniques. During his apprenticeship in 2004, Romain was recognized as one of the best bakery students in France as part of the MAF Boulangerie competition. At an early age, Romain discovered his passion for making cakes with his mother and grandmother in his home kitchen. During his later high school years, his love for baking led him to an internship at a small, country pastry shop in Tonnay Charente, France. It was here that his true love for pastry began.
About JW Marriott Nashville
The JW Marriott Nashville offers the ideal location in the heart of downtown, adjacent to the state-of-the-art Music City Center. The first-to-market JW Marriott property will offer 533 guestrooms, inclusive of 37 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, James Beard award-winning celebrity chef. Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 33-story hotel will feature 50,000 square feet of indoor function space, including a 15,000-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, a 13,000sq. ft. event lawn – The Green at JW, a Spa by JW and unique culinary and beverage outlets. JW Marriott Nashville is conveniently situated a few blocks from the Bridgestone Arena, the legendary “Honky-Tonk Highway” on Lower Broadway and the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Owned and operated by Turnberry Associates, the JW Marriott Nashville is located at 250 8th Ave. South, Nashville, TN and will officially open its doors in 2018. To learn more, visit the official JW Marriott Nashville website at www.jwmarriottnashville.com or follow the hotel on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
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