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Melbourne Luxury Hotels

December 22, 2010 18:47 ET

Melbourne's Five-Star Lady

Luxury Marriott Hotel's Samantha Lotter Is Melbourne's Only Five-Star Female Executive Chef

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - December 22, 2010) -  Fierce determination and 15 years working in the toughest kitchens in Dubai, France, South Africa and the UK has made Samantha Lotter one of the best Chefs in Australia. The Melbourne Marriott, one of the most famous 5 star hotels in Melbourne's CBD, is excited to have the chef onboard.

The woman at the helm of the Melbourne restaurant can definitely take the heat. Having worked in the Middle East for many years, where women traditionally don't work, let alone work in management, Sam says, "You really have to prove yourself. It took a long time for people to get used to the idea of working for a woman."

While she maintains that there are more women at the top in Europe, she says that the Australian industry is still largely male-dominated. "I don't know a single other female Executive Chef," says Sam.

Sam's theory on this is simply that it's such a physically demanding job. "You have to lift heavy things, be able to stand up for eighteen hours in intense heat and be very physically fit to keep moving. I go running on my days off, not just for fitness but to help counteract the stress and stay mentally fit as well," says Sam.

Despite having no female role models, Sam says that she has been mentored by some outstanding male Chefs who have taught her well during her 15 years of experience in fine dining kitchens.

Sam's special summer dining options for the restaurant in the Melbourne CBD are as follows:

  • A seafood stack featuring WA king prawns, Tasmanian salmon, blue swimmer crabs, freshly shucked oysters and green NZ mussels marinated with red capsicum, garlic and herbs
  • A 'Mary Poppins' sundae with honeycomb and wafer biscuits
  • A classic English High Tea
  • A three-course theatre menu
  • Increased gluten-free and vegetarian options on all in-house menus
  • Chef's Table dinners throughout the year for dinner and lunch. Perfect for birthday celebrations, Christmas parties or corporate groups, Chef's Table events are the perfect way to entertain VIPs and good friends alike.

About the Melbourne Marriott Hotel
The Melbourne Marriott Hotel has been recognized as a "green" luxury hotel, and is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD. A stand-out among luxury hotels in Melbourne, this charming property offers 166 rooms and 19 suites on 10 floors, and also features 4,650 sq ft of total meeting and event space, concierge, an on-site fitness center featuring cardio and weight equipment, an indoor pool, as well as a full-service business center. Winner of 2009 Victorian Tourism Award for Luxury Accommodation, this luxury hotel in Melbourne is in the centre of Melbourne's theatre precinct, and the hotel's convenient location places guests only moments from the shopping delights of Bourke and Collins Street, the cultural and culinary extravaganza of Chinatown and conveniently close to the Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 3000 lodging properties in the United States and 68 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and had approximately 151,000 employees at 2006 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE®. The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner. In fiscal year 2006, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $12.2 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.

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