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Louis Martorano Named Executive Chef
at the 1,400-room Hilton Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla.—January 11, 2010 — The new 1,400-room Hilton Orlando has appointed Louis Martorano as its executive chef.  Chef Martorano will supervise a culinary staff of 65 individuals responsible for food production in the hotel’s six dining outlets, catering, banquets, meetings and in-room dining.  Martorano opened the Hilton Orlando as the banquet chef. Culinary offerings at the Hilton Orlando reflect the most contemporary trends of fresh, local produce, nutritional options for adults and children, and sustainable and organic choices. 

“Louis’ passion for and skill with food is rarely found,” said Hilton Orlando General Manager Doug Gehret. “We’re excited to see his culinary expertise continue to show itself in the hotel’s many dining options.”

Chef Martorano brings with him more than 20 years of experience, having served as a chef in California, Tennessee, Maryland, and Florida. Prior to his arrival at the Hilton Orlando, Martorano was executive chef of the National Pastime at the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort located in National Harbor, Md. In this role, Martorano was responsible for the hotel’s second grand opening, as well as the management of all departmental functions and 41 culinary staff members, including three sous chefs. Previously, Martorano worked for 11 years at the Boca Raton Resort and Club as chef of the Mizner Center and later of the Lucca Restaurant. 

The Hilton Orlando offers seven dining options, including in-room dining, Tropics Pool Bar & Grill, The Marketplace, the Lobby Lounge, and featuring: 

• Spencer’s: A casual, contemporary restaurant that sets the new standard for steaks and chops in Orlando. Spencer’s features a private dining room, wine room, open-display kitchen, private bar and outdoor terrace overlooking resort amenities. 
• David’s Club Bar & Grill: An upscale social entertainment environment, David's Club features fine wines and spirits and a creative menu. Pool tables, LCD televisions, large overstuffed chairs make this a setting for special events. David's Club is open for dinner. 
• The Bistro: A casual dining restaurant features Hilton's Eat Right menu, an outdoor veranda with a fire pit and views of and access to the resort area. The Bistro is open for breakfast and lunch.

Located on Destination Parkway at the crossroads of I-4, the Beach Line and International Drive, Hilton Orlando is in the heart of Orlando’s famous attractions area and just minutes away from Pointe Orlando, Sea World Orlando, Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World and a 15-minute drive to the Orlando International Airport.  For more information, visit

About Hilton Orlando
The Hilton Orlando features 1,400 well-appointed guestrooms, including 53 suites. The more than 
175,000 square feet of function space includes the 50,000-square-foot Orlando Ballroom, 30,000-square-foot Orange Ballroom, 15,000-square-foot Florida Ballroom, 21 meeting rooms and 9 boardrooms. The property includes seven creative dining options including Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, David’s Club bar and grill, and a marketplace. Onsite recreational amenities include a resort pool, quiet pool, whirlpools, cabanas, lazy river, 15,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, jogging track, and basketball/tennis/volleyball/bocce ball courts.

About Hilton Worldwide 
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.  The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Our brands are comprised of more than 3,400 hotels in 79 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.


Lisa Cole

Also See: Apollo Real Estate Advisors and Rida Development Corporation Break Ground on $380 million 1,400 room Hilton Orlando Hotel; Hilton Hotels Corporation will manage the hotel with a minority ownership / May 2007
Hilton Orlando Appoints Thierry Meissonnier as Executive Chef, Supervising Six Dining Outlets / August 2009

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