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Marriott International

July 01, 2014 12:04 ET

New Executive Chef Implements Kosher Kitchen at Top Hotel in Richardson, Texas

Burak Ozcan Named Executive Chef at Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

RICHARDSON, TX--(Marketwired - Jul 1, 2014) - A new chef and a new kitchen are bringing new meaning to fine dining in Richardson, TX as the Renaissance Dallas Richardson introduces Burak Ozcan as its new executive chef and announces the hotel's move to add Kosher catering to its expansive list of event services.

Burak Ozcan, a native of Turkey, was inspired by his mother and began helping with meal preparation at an early age. Now, at the age of 26, Ozcan is executive chef at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel and has helped inspire the hotel to move forward with its catering services by educating himself and his staff in Kosher meal preparation.

"We had noticed not many hotels in DFW area are doing this at our AAA Four Diamond standards," said Ozcan. "We are very eager to set the bar very high, as far as standards go."

In the past, this upscale Dallas hotel had been outsourcing its Kosher catering for clients utilizing their popular event space for Kosher Jewish celebrations. Realizing the opportunity, the culinary team familiarized themselves with the processes required to meet Dallas Kosher (VAAD) standards, whether the event is a Kosher wedding reception, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or business gathering hosted by the Renaissance's stylish venues in North Dallas.

"This makes us very unique," added Ozcan, who began his professional career at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe. "We have noticed after doing some events already that we have made a positive impact on our local Jewish communities. We don't have specific dishes that we specialize in; instead we cater all our menus to each of the client's personal needs, and then try to make them as innovative as possible."

Moving to the United States at the age of 21, Ozcan served as Stephen Pyle's executive sous chef at Pyle's Samar restaurant in Downtown Dallas, named as one of the top 20 restaurants in the United States by Esquire Magazine that same year. He also honed his skills in food preparation and overall hospitality operations doing consulting work for establishments in Houston and Dallas and working closely with restaurateurs to develop their menus and assist with operations. So, when he saw opportunity unfold at the Renaissance, he set his sights on moving forward into the Kosher market.

"All of our events are meticulously planned with the supervision of Dallas Kosher (VAAD), the area Kosher supervising authority. They are onsite during the entire process, to ensure that everything is perfect from the butcher to the client's plate," said Ozcan. "A few years ago it may have seemed impossible to take on this opportunity, however for my team and I, nothing is impossible. We believe that hard work and passion will make anything possible, and we are excited to be able to share our passion with the local Jewish community."

About the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel welcomes guests with gracious accommodations that include a stunning atrium-style garden and expansive 30,000 sq. ft of event facilities. Complementing its impressive guest rooms and suites with exceptional service and lavish amenities the hotel in North Dallas is also home to the eclectic Maestro's restaurant, Caffeina's coffee house and the Take 5 Lounge, so guests have plenty of dining options while enjoying their stay. Conveniently located adjacent highway 75 and the Galatyn Park Red Line DART station, travelers can easily access popular business and leisure destinations, making the most of their travel time.

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