AUSTIN, TX ­­– January 17, 2020 – The Driskill is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mark Dayanandan as the new Executive Chef. In his new role, Chef Mark will lead all culinary programs at the 189-room historic hotel, including the hotel’s signature restaurant The Driskill Grill, 1886 Café & Bakery, The Driskill Bar and private events and weddings.

Chef Mark comes to The Driskill with extensive culinary experience internationally and domestically, as well as tenure as an Executive Chef at Hilton Austin and Omni Barton Creek. Chef Mark’s tactical approach and passion for encouraging growth allow him to take on a mentorship role with The Driskill culinary team. At The Driskill, Chef Mark combines his innovative and creative approach to curate dishes native to the Central Texas region.

“I am thrilled to be working with the extraordinarily talented team at The Driskill and look forward to curating creative, sophisticated dishes honoring the hotel’s deep connection to the Austin community,” said Chef Mark. “We will continue to infuse local products and innovation together, to elevate our menus.”

“Chef Mark’s passion, talent and deep roots in Austin complement our culinary philosophy here at The Driskill,” said Chris Collins, General Manager of The Driskill. “We are delighted to have him as Executive Chef leading this remarkable culinary team to continue our Driskill legacy by delivering on our authentic Texas dining experiences.”

Chef Mark works directly with The Driskill culinary team, including The Driskill Grill’s Restaurant Chef de Cuisine Cody Leonard, Executive Pastry Chef Tony Sansalone and 1886 Café Chef de Cuisine Alondra Martinez.