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Christian Rassinoux Welcomed as Executive Chef for the 998-room
Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida
HOLLYWOOD, FL – March. 20, 2013 – Continually recognized for culinary excellence throughout his career, Chef Christian Rassinoux has been appointed executive chef at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Having showcased his talents at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, Rassinoux will be responsible for leading all food and beverage operations at the 998-room resort including the opening of a new Italian restaurant in summer 2013 as well as infusing SuperFoodsRX® ingredients into the menus to create great tasting and healthy options for all guests. Rassinoux will also oversee the culinary strategy for groups and events at the adjacent 209,000-square-foot convention center featuring a 50,000-square-foot unobstructed great hall, four ballrooms and 39 individual meeting rooms.

Most recently, Rassinoux served as the executive chef of MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the country’s largest hotel, since 2009. Previously he held the same title for over 20 years at various Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world from California to China.  The list of his culinary achievements is staggering including Chef of the Year, French Culinary Association in 1986; Chef of the Year, Le Toques Blanche International in 1990; Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic in 1994; and a Doctor of Culinary Arts, Honoris Causa, from Johnson & Wales University in 1995.

“Chef Rassinoux has a pedigree unlike many others and we are so thrilled he has chosen The Westin Diplomat to further showcase his culinary talents,” said Ed Walls, general manager. “We are eager to apply his expertise to our new Italian restaurant coming this summer.”

Rassinoux is also actively involved in the culinary community having served as member of the Conseiller Culinaire for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs from 1986 to 2007 and was previously President of the French Chefs Association.

The beachfront property is ideally located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami and nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. In addition to award-winning restaurants like Hollywood Prime, resort amenities include watersports and two marinas, an 18-hole championship golf course managed by Troon Golf®, a 10-clay court Tennis Center, a 30,000-square-foot full-service spa and an additional 14,000-square-foot Heavenly Spa by Westin™ set to open in April 2013.

For more information about The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa or to make reservations, call 888-627-9057 or visit

About The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is conveniently located on the beach between Fort Lauderdale and the international hub of Miami. With 998 rejuvenating guest rooms, The Diplomat offers an array of amenities including several cuisine options from award-winning seafood and steakhouse Hollywood Prime to 24-hour in-room dining. The Diplomat’s convention center provides over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and catering space including four ballrooms, a 50,000 square foot unobstructed Great Hall and 39 individual meeting rooms.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly®Bed, delicious SuperFoodsRX® and WestinWorkout® studio – have been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 186 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit


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