SOURCE: Marriott International
BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwired - Dec 30, 2013) - Anyone who's crazy about cuisine will tell you that getting a chef to share his secrets isn't easy. As part of Marriott's Convention & Resort Network, however, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront was able to convince its executive chef Carlos Gomez to reveal the recipe behind one of his favorite dishes for the network's newsletter. Now, readers can recreate the magic Gomez cooks up at this Baltimore Inner Harbor hotel.
For the network's newsletter, Gomez shared a recipe from his Baltimore waterfront restaurant. The dish, pan-seared grouper with creamy polenta and crispy chickpea arugula, reflects both a modern American slant and Gomez's French Caribbean expertise. Incorporating fresh seafood, cornmeal and kicks of lime and chili powder, the dish offers a delicious and healthy option for family meals or special occasions.
Before bringing his talent to this downtown Baltimore hotel in 2011, Gomez, a Puerto Rico native, studied at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in St. Helena, and spent time in kitchens across Europe. His passion for cooking took him outside the kitchen, winning him several medals at the New York Food Show and competitions in Europe and the Caribbean; honors at several Jack Daniels BBQ competitions and recognition with Marriott's highest award, the Bill Tiefel, which he won twice.
At the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Gomez oversees a team of 73, all of whom have words of praise for their executive chef. "Passionate about food," "caring about his staff," "a creative, awesome cook" and someone who "thinks out of the box" are just some of the things his team have said about Gomez.
Gomez has come a long way since his first restaurant job at 15, when he was exposed to high-end food at a French restaurant and "felt an instant connection with the kitchen." Today, he lives by two phrases: "Live to eat" and "Life is cooking."
About the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Business may be what brings many travelers to this hotel, but with a waterfront location, indoor pool, fine dining and Harbor East location, there are plenty of reasons to extend a stay at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The Amtrak station and BWI Airport are both nearby, so guests are just minutes away from their comfortable accommodations once they arrive in the city. Guest rooms take advantage of the hotel's location with city and water views, and offer a number of desirable amenities including plush bedding, in-room dining, high-speed Internet access, HDTV and coffee/tea maker. Visitors can stay on track with their at-home routine in the fitness center, start the day with Starbucks® coffee from the grab and go, enjoy a delicious meal of seasonal Maryland cuisine at the Baltimore Little Italy restaurant or grab a drink and snack with friends and colleagues in the lounge. Located near the convention center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center, this hotel is a top choice for meetings and events, offering more than 80,000 square feet of event space, a team of professional planners and expert caterers. Nearby attractions include the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore Ravens Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the National Aquarium.