SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

September 19, 2013 15:47 ET

Mark Quitney Named Executive Chef of JW Marriott Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Sep 19, 2013) - In August, JW Marriott Washington, DC announced the appointment of Mark Quitney as Executive Chef Quitney brings over 30 years culinary experience, which include 20 years at Marriott International, to the luxury hotel's culinary team.

In his role, Chef Quitney is responsible for the culinary direction and leadership of Avenue Grill restaurant, 1331 Bar and Lounge, concierge lounge, in-room dining and catering and banquet functions. Chef Quitney recently held the same position at the New Orleans Marriott, where he oversaw the hotel's two restaurants, in-room dining, concierge lounge, as well as the catering for private and banquet events. 

During this time as top toque at the New Orleans Marriott, Quitney held the prestigious honor of hosting a dinner at the James Beard House in New York and was named one of the Top 20 Chefs in Louisiana by the American Culinary Federation. Prior to New Orleans, Chef Quitney was the executive chef at the Marco Island Marriott, where he designed and developed four new restaurant concepts and received ACE award Marriott International's highest culinary honor. He also served as executive chef at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Atlanta, Ga., and the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Ala. 

"We are pleased to have Mark to join the JW Marriott team," said Satinder Palta, general manager, JW Marriott Washington, DC. "The JW Marriott guest is passionate about authentic culinary experiences, and with Mark at the helm of our culinary team, we will be able to deliver this and more." 

Chef Quitney was most recently seen on CNBC's documentary "Hotel: Behind Closed Doors at Marriott," and has been featured on NBC's "Today" and in numerous cooking segments on WGNO-TV, WVUE-TV and WDSU-TV in New Orleans. 

About JW Marriott Washington, DC
The JW Marriott Washington, DC, the first JW Marriott branded property, opened in 1984 as a tribute to J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott Corporation, predecessor to Marriott International, Inc. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the hotel is one of the country's premier meeting destinations, featuring over 37,000 square feet of superior banquet and meeting venues, including the 14,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, 29 meetings rooms and a 7,000 square foot terrace on the 12th floor overlooking the Nation's Capital and its historic monuments and landmarks. For more information or to make reservations, contact your travel professional, call the hotel directly at 888-667-0713, or visit

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International's luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today's sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 53 JW Marriott hotels in 22 countries; by 2015 the portfolio will encompass 80 properties in 29 countries. 

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