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Dagan Lynn Appointed as Executive Chef at Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Westin Houston Memorial City in Houston, Texas

 
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(Houston, TX - February 21, 2011) General Manager Mark Weatherill is pleased to announce the appointment of Dagan Lynn as Executive Chef of The Westin Houston Memorial City. Chef Lynn will manage the culinary aspects for all meetings, banquets, catering and special events at the hotel.

Chef Lynn’s well traveled background brings flavors from around the world to Houston’s doorstep.  During his tenure chef Lynn has opened two of Starwood’s premier properties. His most recent endeavor as Executive Chef of the W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico featured Cuisine by the internationally known chef Alain Ducasse. Prior to working in Puerto Rico he was Executive Chef at The Westin Minneapolis which featured a local favorite Bank Restaurant. Dagan’s experience has also included Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Alain Ducasse (ADNY), Essex House in New York as well as Cannery/Rampart Casino in Las Vegas. His passion and sense of creativity have received culinary and critical acclaim from both food writers and his many frequent clients.

Lynn describes his broad experience as being well suited to the ever-evolving hotel culinary environment. “The use of French techniques with the right ingredients provides the basis for our culinary staff to excel at any cuisine,” says Lynn.  One of his favorite regional specialties is American Southern “soul food.” He is committed to utilizing organic, local and sustainable products throughout the hotel. The Westin Houston Memorial City emphasizes local, fresh ingredients which support the local economy and enhance the guests’ experience.

Chef Lynn’s personal principles are in keeping with The Westin philosophy of sustainability. The state of Texas has a grand variety of local and regional food products available.  “There is a wide range of product being raised, grown and created in Texas,” says Lynn, “we are researching products in the entire state of Texas for the best businesses, growers and ranchers to include them in our menu development,” Lynn adds.

Chef Dagan trained at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts. Chef was raised in upstate New York on a dairy farm.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts makes the healthiest choices irresistibly appealing, so guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. With over 170 hotels and resorts in over 36 countries and territories, Westin is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1000 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.westin.com.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1000 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.


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Brittany Zucker
G. W. Armstrong & Associates
Public Relations & Advertising
w. (713) 787-0401
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brittanyzucker@aol.com

 

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