Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Appoints David McKeever as Director of Food and Beverage and Mouhssine Benhamacht as Executive Chef
June 22, 2018 11:57am
ORLANDO, FL (June 22, 2018) – Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando has named the executive leadership team for Universal’s Aventura Hotel, set to open in August. Rising 17 floors with 600 rooms, this modern and stylish hotel is the sixth on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort and offers stunning views of all three Universal Orlando theme parks, advanced in-room technology, the destination’s first rooftop bar and a virtual reality game room.
“What excites me the most about the executive team is the vision we all share to create a new hotel experience that’s unlike anything else we offer here at Universal Orlando Resort,” says Managing Director Stephen Cummings. His leadership team will include the following executives:
David McKeever has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage. He was previously Assistant Food and Beverage Director for Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and was instrumental in the success of this 2,200-room hotel since it opened in 2014. Prior to joining Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, McKeever held several leadership positions with Hyatt, Marriott, Universal and Hilton. He is also a recipient of the Loews Legacy award, one of the company’s highest honors.
Mouhssine Benhamacht has been named Executive Chef. Most recently, he was Executive Chef at Meraki Market, described as a “temple of food disguised as a little corner store,” in San Francisco. His culinary career also includes Sous Chef posts at Spice Market under world-famous Chef Jean George Vongerichten and at Loews Atlanta Hotel alongside Master Chef Olivier Gaupin. Chef “Mousse” was Chef De Cuisine at the former Loews Don CeSar Hotel’s award-winning Maritana Grille. Born in Teflit, Morocco, Chef Mousse’s expertise in French, Moroccan, American and Asian cuisines will influence the international flavors served throughout Universal’s Aventura Hotel.
The executive leadership team will oversee the August opening of Universal’s Aventura Hotel, which will add more than 300 jobs to Orlando’s hospitality industry. A Grand Hire Event is scheduled for Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. For more information on career opportunities, visit orlandohoteljobs.com.
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Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and coming this August, Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
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