The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck Introduces Executive Chef and Restaurant Management Team
World-Renowned Chef and Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck Opens the First U.S. Locations of His Newest Restaurant Concepts In the Amway Grand Plaza
GRAND RAPIDS, MI –Aug. 10, 2015 – This September, the historic Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids will open its doors to The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck, the newest culinary concepts from the award-winning chef. Featuring one-of-a-kind views and seating along the Grand River, both eateries will offer an approachable menu for hotel guests and locals alike.
Austin Gresham will serve as the executive chef and will oversee culinary development at both The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter. Previously, Gresham worked in a number of fine dining establishments including Chef Grant Achatz’s Alinea, the three-starred Michelin restaurant in Chicago, as well as Sixteen at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. Most recently, Gresham worked in the kitchen of Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland, MI.
“At The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck, diners can look forward to signature Wolfgang Puck dishes that incorporate techniques and flavors from around the world, all executed at the highest level,” says Gresham. “It is an exciting honor to work on a project that will change the culinary landscape of Grand Rapids.”
Overseeing food and beverage and operations for both restaurants is General Manager David Martin. Martin previously served as the Assistant General Manager of the Amway Grand Plaza’s various dining options including GP Sports, The Lumber Baron Bar and the Garden Court Lounge.
Parker Bulliment and Lori McBride also join the team as Assistant General Managers, supervising the front of house experience for The Kitchen, while Manager Nick Haughton will oversee operations of The Kitchen Counter.
Together, the new management team is working closely with Wolfgang Puck’s corporate culinary development and operations teams to ensure that the integrity of the brand is deeply embedded in every facet of these exciting new properties.
The Amway Grand Plaza is currently hiring for all positions in both of the new restaurants, including servers, bartenders, food runners, hosts, culinary, management, cashiers and dishwashers. To apply, visit amwaygrand.com/careers.
About Amway Grand Plaza
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel originally opened in 1916 as the Pantlind Hotel along the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today, the 682-room hotel boasts numerous bars and restaurants, a full service salon, spa, pool, sauna and 47,000sq. ft. of meeting space. Known as an icon within the city, the hotel has hosted presidents, celebrities and locals. The property is part of AHC + Hospitality, including the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott and Peter Island Resort & Spa in the BVI. www.AmwayGrand.com
About Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc.
The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc. (WPW) is a privately held corporation that includes a rapidly growing portfolio of company-owned and franchised locations of casual dining and fast-casual restaurants, as well as an extensive list of Wolfgang Puck branded consumer products and other licensing and merchandising projects. Of the 50+ restaurants located across the globe, several are situated within non-traditional settings such as airports, universities, casinos and hospitals, as well as hotels, malls and free-standing venues. WPW continues to expand, opening new concepts around the world including but not limited to cities throughout the U.S., Japan, Dubai and China. For more information, please visit www.wolfgangpuck.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.