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Billy Roberts Appointed Executive Chef at the
All-New Columbus Airport Marriott


COLUMBUS, OH, - March 21, 2005 – The all-new Columbus Airport Marriott has recently appointed Billy Roberts as Executive Chef.  Roberts will oversee the entire culinary staff for the hotel’s signature River City Grille Restaurant & Lounge, which specializes in fresh American cuisine, as well as the entire catering operation for the 228-room property. 

A local celebrity in his own right, Roberts has made a number of TV appearances, doing what he does best…cooking.  He was formerly the Executive Chef and Managing Partner at Bon Vie Bistro and Wine Bar, and prior to that successful endeavor, he helped open Brio Tuscan Grille.  Born in Juneau, Alaska and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Roberts brings to the Columbus Airport Marriott a wealth of culinary and hospitality expertise.  From the breathtaking mountains of Orem, Utah, where he served as Banquet Chef at the world-renowned Sundance Resort, to the exotics of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; Key West; and Longboat Key, Florida, Roberts continues his passion for preparing exquisite food with eye-catching appeal. His masterful ability to perfect the cultural delicacies of fine French and American cuisine to the tantalizing Caribbean and Floridian fare, will surely captivate guests of the River City Grille Restaurant & Lounge and the Columbus Airport Marriott for years to come. Roberts holds a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Guests are welcome to meet Chef Roberts in person and enjoy a magnificent Easter Brunch at River City Grille Restaurant & Lounge on Sunday, March 27th.  This all-new hotel is Columbus’s new “hotspot,” perfectly situated just minutes from downtown Columbus, Easton Town Center and Ohio State University.  The hotel boasts more than 14,000 square feet of meeting space including the 7,430 square foot Conference Center, accommodating up to 800 for receptions and 600 for banquets; the 2,000 square foot Atrium Terrace; and 10 additional meeting rooms.  For reservations, or information please call 614-475-7551, or visit

Winegardner & Hammons, Inc., is a full-service hotel management company with a reputation for progressive and successful management. The WHI owned/managed portfolio includes resorts, all-suite, extended-stay, full service and conference center hotels in many diverse markets across the U.S. WHI currently manages over 30 hotels in the U.S., including most major hotel brands. Among the hotels WHI currently manages are the Cincinnati Airport Marriott, 2003 Marriott Hotel of the Year, the new Pittsburgh Marriott North, Marriott Northwest and the new Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key. For more information on WHI, visit

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 64 other countries and territories. 


Nadine DeGenova
Nadine DeGenova Public Relations
Also See: Gregory John Horeth Appointed Regional Vice President of Operations for Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. / March 2005
Winegardner & Hammons Completes Renovation and Rebranding of the former Radisson Airport Hotel, Now Columbus Airport Marriott / June 2004
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. Opens the 295-room Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport Hotel / Feb 2002
Concord Hospitality Intends to Renovate the Historic Buckeye Federal Savings and Loan Building in Columbus, Ohio to a 125-room Residence Inn by Marriott / April 2004

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