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JW Marriott® Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona
Names Owen Williams Chef de Cuisine


Tucson, AZ (05/17/11) – The Signature Grill at JW Marriott® Starr Pass Resort & Spa is proud to announce their new Chef de Cuisine, Owen Williams. Williams, who attended Johnson & Wales University for culinary instruction, brings 16 years of food industry experience to the Signature Grill table, as well as 10 years’ experience with JW Marriott resorts. His goal is to bring more local, “signature” flavors to the table.  

Growing up in a Navy family and having worked with JW Marriott for years, Williams has done quite a bit of traveling, living and working in such locales as Japan, Spain, Germany, St. Thomas, Washington D.C. and more. His first experience working in Tucson was 10 years ago, when he “fell in love with the area and the food” while working briefly at the Arizona Inn and Janos restaurant.

Because of this Tucson experience, and having family in the area, Williams jumped at the opportunity to join the Starr Pass team at Signature Grill. He arrived in Tucson this spring after working for the 1,000-room JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, where he served as Senior Supervisor in charge of lunch and dinner at a new three-meal-a-day restaurant.

Now settled in Tucson, Williams said he is focusing on bringing distinctly local flavors back to the Signature Grill menu, making sure the restaurant stays true to the food in the area. He said he wants to “create a menu that says ‘you’re in Tucson, you’re in the Sonoran Desert,’ not a generic menu you’d find at any resort.” He also said he wants to include “cowboy, Native American and Mexican influences,” and added that the local staff even contributes family recipes, bringing authenticity to the menu.

Guests will start experiencing the new chef’s menu this week at Signature Grill. The menu will continue to change with the seasons, as usual. Signature Grill will also continue to offer an extensive wine menu, plus weekly wine classes with their sommeliers every Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm in the Signature Grill Private Dining Room.

For restaurant reservations at Signature Grill, please call 520-792-3500.

About JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Starr Pass is one of Arizona’s finest resorts, awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award for the resort property and its Primo restaurant for six consecutive years. Starr Pass was also rated among the world’s top 125 golf resorts, and among the top ten Arizona golf resorts by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2011. The largest resort in Southern Arizona, Starr Pass features 575 spacious guest rooms, 88,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 20,000 sq. ft. spa, five restaurants, four separate pools, a lazy river and water slide, the Audubon Certified, 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature golf facility, two lit tennis courts and 888 underground and covered parking spaces. The resort’s eco-friendly efforts extend to Primo, which serves only organic and jet fresh fish, and the Hashani Spa, which uses natural desert plant oils. The resort incorporates the natural desert into its landscape design and features direct access to Tucson Mountain Park for memorable hiking and biking trails. To quote Bill Marriott, “you can build all types of amenities but it would be impossible to duplicate what Starr Pass has, the Tucson Mountain Park.” The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is located at 3800 W. Starr Pass and can be reached directly by calling (520) 792-3500. Please visit


Alejandra Cardenas
O: (520) 882-6262 M: (520) 440-0618

Karen Gavender
O: (520) 882-6262 M: (520) 603-4200



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