The Westin Phoenix Downtown announced that Chad McDonald has been appointed to executive chef of the hotel.
McDonald joined the culinary team at The Westin Phoenix Downtown in February 2012 as the banquet sous chef where he focused his attention on the culinary aspects of the hotel’s catered and social functions. Just 20 months later, McDonald has now been named executive chef at the hotel. In his new role as executive chef, McDonald plans to introduce more farm-to-table concepts into each menu that showcase local ingredients. Additionally, he will oversee the daily operations, staff recruitment, and training for the kitchen at the hotel and the Latin-inspired restaurant at the hotel, Province. He will also be responsible for creating menus and recipes for all featured dishes as well as upholding excellent restaurant standards.
“We are pleased Chef McDonald has accepted the challenge as executive chef for The Westin Phoenix Downtown,” said General Manager Todd Iacono. ”With his proven dedication and determination to lead and inspire others, and his passion for the culinary and hospitality industries, we are confident Chad will shine in his role.”
McDonald has held notable culinary positions at well-known eateries and hospitality venues. Before joining The Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel, McDonald was the executive sous chef at Prasino in Chicago and La Grange, Ill. Prior to that, he was executive sous chef at Wyndham Drake Hotel in Oakbrook, Ill., and sous chef at 1886 Café in the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Tex.