SOURCE: Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc.

June 27, 2012 08:00 ET

Santiago Marriott Hotel Head Chef Earns Top Honors

Luis Cruzat Chosen as Chef of the Year by the Chilean Critics Circle and Wine Gourmet

SANTIAGO, CHILE--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2012) - Smiles, tears, lights and glamour were the order of the day at a ceremony in which Luis Cruzat, head chef of one of the most popular restaurants in Santiago, Chile, received high honors as the Chilean Chef of The Year in 2011. As head chef of the Latin Grill at the five-star Santiago Marriott Hotel, Cruzat noted that of the restaurant's numerous accolades, this particular honor was its most anticipated. "It's the biggest gastronomic event of the year," Cruzat said. "It's like winning the Oscars of food!"

Going up against master chefs Daniel Gillard of Ox Restaurant and Rodolfo Guzman of Borago Restaurant, Cruzat was excited to merely be nominated. "With the nomination alone I was happy and never thought I'd be the winner because Guzman and Gillard have sufficient merit to it."

Recognized as one of the best luxury hotels in Santiago, the Marriott is no stranger to such recognition, having earned "Insider's Select" status with Expedia in 2010. Among the most acclaimed restaurants in Santiago, Chile, the Latin Grill offers signature items including premium steaks and delightfully fresh seafood, accompanied by a selection of superb Chilean wines for a sophisticated taste of Santiago, Chile. While Chileans already know where to book a table to taste the delicious dishes of Luis Cruzat, with new "Best Chef" honors, the rest of the world has been put on notice, as well.

To book a table at the Latin Grill or any of the Marriott's restaurants, guests are invited to call directly at 56-2-426-2303. And what better way to enjoy several meals at the Latin Grill than staying at the Santiago Marriott Hotel in Las Condes? Located in the business area of the heart of the Chilean capital, this hotel is ideal for travelers who seek comfort, good food and excellent communications. For more information or to make a reservation, call 56-2-426-2000 or simply visit the web

Guests are invited to enjoy the fresh, new and revitalized look of the 5-Star hotel in Santiago, Chile's guest rooms, which are equipped with 37-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, iHome and a warm residential ambience. While nestled at the foot of the Andes, our Santiago, Chile hotel is perfectly located adjacent to upscale shopping, restaurants and bars. In addition to the Latin Grill, guests can also indulge in superb dining and the best Chilean wines at the hotel's other restaurants: Café Med or Cordillera Lounge. The Santiago Marriott allows for visitors to discover the best of the city, whether it's the local golf courses, visiting nearby ski centers or experiencing top Chile attractions. Whatever Chilean adventure is in store, be sure to include the Santiago Marriott Hotel and experience a stay like never before.

About the Santiago Marriott Hotel
Located in the Las Condes business district, the Marriott Santiago Hotel offers easy access to all of Santiago and some of the best views of the Andes Mountains. When it comes to accommodation in Santiago, only the Marriott offers the exquisite dining experience of the award-winning Latin Grill and the relaxation of Nao, the hotel's on-site spa. Ideal for business and leisure travel, the hotel features 220 spacious guest rooms and 60 luxurious suites on 25 floors, plus 13 meeting rooms with nearly 11,000 square feet of total meeting space.

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