GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Dec. 8, 2017) DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, welcomes Colin McPhee as executive chef for the hotel restaurant – Ganders. Bringing years of experience, dynamic culinary talent and a creative approach to developing unexpected dishes featuring local fare, McPhee will oversee menu development and culinary creations for the hotel and restaurant as well as catering for on-property events and in-room dining. As the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Mich., the 226-room property is just minutes away from popular Grand Rapids attractions and Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef McPhee to DoubleTree Grand Rapids,” said Bob Orr, area general manager. “His local culinary influences and inventive techniques are the perfect complement to Ganders’ philosophy in offering delicious food in a hotel restaurant setting.”

Prior to joining DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids, McPhee most recently served as the sous chef of J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids where he oversaw various aspects of the food and beverage outlets, including the mentoring of young chefs. His resume also includes time at Gracewill Country Club, Bar Divani and Timbers Inn in Grand Rapids. A lifelong resident of southwestern Michigan, McPhee earned his Associate Degree in Culinary Management and Pastry Certification from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

“I’m thrilled to join the DoubleTree Grand Rapids family. Their commitment to delivering locally-sourced cuisine by a talented kitchen team is exhilarating,” said executive chef Colin McPhee. “We look forward to continually exceeding guest’s expectations.”

Embracing the art of culinary surprises in travel, McPhee and DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport celebrates sustainable dining. The120-seat restaurant Ganders, a nod to “Michiganders,” presents guests with a casual, fun atmosphere. Guests enjoy modern American menu options dedicated to locally ingredients representing the best farms, markets and food artisans of West Michigan. Gander’s restaurant also features a number of local craft beers on tap and by the bottle. For a unique spin on special events and tasting dinners, the restaurant works directly with local breweries to create multi-course beer tasting menus featuring beer incorporated into every course.

Located at 4747 28th St. SE, two miles from Gerald R. Ford International Airport and one mile from I-96, the hotel is situated near local destinations and attractions, including the Frederik Meijer Gardens, Woodland Centerpointe Mall, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place. Nearby businesses include: Amway World Headquarters, Steelcase, Eaton Aerospace, Spectrum Health, Meijer and GE Aviation. Free shuttle service is available to and from the airport and within a three-mile radius of the property.

For more information on DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, please visit or call (616) 957-0100.