Each year since 1998, Marriott International has recognized outstanding Executive Chefs and emerging Stars with the Award of Culinary Excellence, known as ACE. Collecting nominations from Food & Beverage and hotel leaders throughout our wide range of global Brands, the criteria for these awards is based on professional accomplishment and culinary passion, outstanding chefs who tirelessly exhibit unparalleled dedication to great food and true culinary leadership. Chefs who are nominated are the company’s best culinarians with great technical skills and champions of culinary expertise.
To the ACE Winner, being a good chef does not just mean solid cooking skills or solid managerial skills, but a perfect blend of both. Inspiring others, embodying the Spirit to Serve and Community Footprints, and leading others through the career path of the kitchen are all natural efforts for the winner.
Our 2010 ACE winners in New York City
Of the 111 nominations this year, we have many incredibly talented chefs who are unquestionably the heart and soul of their hotels. From outstanding community service to unparalleled events to impressive guest satisfaction scores, the nominations provide a snapshot to the enthusiasm of the best culinarians in our company.
The Chefs and Rising Stars, once selected to receive the ACE award, are then rescored to determine the Chef of the Year and The Rising Star of the Year for Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East Africa and the Americas the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, and Marriott brands. From this list, we are able to determine the Global Chefs of the Year and Global Rising Stars of the Year, and here they are.
ACE Chef of the Year
Sean Woods, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes
Michael Hogan, JW Marriott Bangkok
Gary Hughes, The Shelbourne
Subhash Sinha, Pune Marriott and Convention Center
ACE Rising Star of the Year
Christophe Gibert, The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Giovanni Seu, JW Cairo
Paula DeSilva, Renaissance Eden Roc
Prashant Yewale, London Marriott Twickenham
Congratulations to the our Award of Culinary Excellence Chefs and Rising Stars of the Year!