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Christian Madsen Appointed as Executive Chef for the
JW Marriott Grand Rapids in Michigan
 
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – July 17, 2012 – The JW Marriott Grand Rapids has appointed Christian Madsen as executive chef.  In his new role, Madsen oversees the property’s flagship restaurant, six.one.six, in addition to its other venues; the destination lounge, Mixology, in-room dining and catering services for one of the largest meeting venues in the region.

A Michigan native, Madsen has had a long tenure with the Amway Hotel Corporation; he lead The 1913 Room to achieve Michigan’s first and only AAA Five-Diamond award, which was maintained until the restaurant closed in 2011, and opened its replacement Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Amway Grand Plaza in September 2011, as executive chef.

Madsen is focused on serving the freshest locally sourced ingredients, attained through close relationships with area farms. His mantra has a proven track-record and over the course of his two decade-long career, Madsen has been personally recognized with numerous accolades including “Best Chef” from Grand Rapids Magazine in 2008.  He is a bronze-medal winner in the American Culinary Federation (ACF) cooking competition and has been a featured chef in the ACF “Seven Courses of Gold” dinners for the past three years.

“I look forward to this new challenge and enhancing the culinary offerings at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids,” said Madsen. “Working closely with my team I will continue to feature the best local products from premier farms in the great state of Michigan throughout the hotel.”

Madsen is a self-taught chef with no formal culinary training.  He mastered his skills by working in kitchens since he was a teen and seeking out culinary mentors along the way.  Remaining true to his southwestern Michigan roots, he is an active member of the community and has been a volunteer mentor to the Fruitport High School Culinary team in Fruitport, MI for six years.

For more information on the hotel or restaurant, visit www.ilovethejw.com/dining.html and www.ilove616.com, or call 616.242.1448.

About Amway Hotel Corporation
Amway Hotel Corporation owns and operates three hotel properties: the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott Grand Rapids and the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Amway Hotel Corp. is a division of Amway Corporate Enterprises, a subsidiary of Amway Inc.

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Quinn & Co. Media Contacts:
Katie Coleman
212-868-1900 x269
kcoleman@quinnandco.com

Chris Maggio
212-868-1900 x236
cmaggio@quinnandco.com



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