Appointments & Promotions

JW Marriott Desrt Ridge Promotes Ryan Lamkin to Executive Chef

PHOENIX, AZ. April 18, 2017 – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has promoted Ryan Lamkin to Executive Chef for the 950-room property, where he will be responsible for overseeing cuisine for banquets, receptions, meetings and themed restaurants in Arizona’s largest resort. Steve Hart, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa's General Manager and Area Vice President, made the announcement.

“Ryan has played an integral role in the success of the culinary program at Desert Ridge,” said Mr. Hart. "In the 9 years he's been with the resort, he has consistently exemplified outstanding leadership and management skills in every position he has held. His commitment to quality and innovation, combined with his talent for creating unique guest experiences continues to propel our culinary team to new heights. I am thrilled to see him thrive as he assumes this new position."

Lamkin joined the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in 2007 as lead cook at one of the resort’s then signature restaurants, Tuscany, and was promoted to Sous Chef for all food and beverage outlets on the property two years later. In 2012, Lamkin moved to JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida, as Senior Sous Chef, where he was honored as Leader of the Quarter and he was tasked to become the resort’s resident bee keeper, maintaining the resort’s on-property bee apiary and creating unique experiences and meetings breaks utilizing the observation hives. Lamkin returned to JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa the following year as Executive Banquet Chef, where his responsibilities included creating custom menus for groups, holidays and social events and was promoted to Executive Sous Chef in 2015.

Lamkin is a graduate of the Macomb Culinary Institute in Warren, Michigan and resides in Phoenix with his wife and two young sons.

About JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Considered one of the largest luxury resorts in Arizona, the AAA Four Diamond JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa features 950 guestrooms (including 81 suites), 240,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, six dining experiences and the 28,000-square-foot Revive Spa. Other recreational amenities include eight tennis courts and four acres of elaborately landscaped grounds and gardens that features five pools including the Lazy River with serpentine slide, two championship golf courses and Wildfire Golf Club. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located where Phoenix meets Scottsdale and is located just 20 minutes north of Sky Harbor International Airport, with easy access to the Loop 101 freeway. Visit us online, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located at 5350 E. Marriott Drive in Phoenix.

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