JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, opened July 2020, has hired Chef Melissa Sallman as its new executive chef. In this role,
Chef Melissa will oversee all dining outlets at the resort—illume, Sear + Sea, the Sea + Sea Lobby Bar, Unreserved, the Unreserved Beer Garden, Palm Cove and the JW Market—and the resort’s banquet options. Chef Melissa will be adding her own flair to the restaurant’s inventive dishes, bringing experience from her time at the JW Marriott Marco Island, where she spent over 3 years as executive sous chef.
Chef Melissa is no stranger to Marriott, having spent nearly the past 20 years with the company. After graduating with a culinary degree from Hennepin Technical School in 2002, Chef Melissa began working as a cook at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, quickly rising through the ranks before moving on to Marriott properties in St. Louis, San Antonio, and Fort Lauderdale. She has been with Marriott for nearly 20 years.