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The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel Introduces New Executive Chef

Downtown Fort Worth hotel welcomes Derek Breitbach to the Renaissance team

FORT WORTH, TX. September 26, 2017 - The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel welcomes new Executive Chef Derek Breitbach to its culinary team. Chef Derek’s new leadership role follows years of culinary study and experience and nearly 10 years working with the Marriott brand. The team at Vidalias Restaurant, our own popular Southwestern restaurant, is excited to welcome Chef Derek and his unique culinary vision to our hidden gem.

Chef Derek began his career in food at a small family owned restaurant in Panora, IA where he grew up. He worked there through high school and college and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Wanting to pursue his passion and his career in culinary, he decided to attend Johnson and Wales in Denver, CO.

Beginning his Marriott career nearly 10 years ago as culinary intern at Renaissance Schaumburg hotel, Chef Derek later transferred to Coralville, moving his way up to the position of Sous Chef over the course of seven years. In April of 2014, he graciously accepted the Sous Chef position at Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy, where he continued his passion for creating signature dishes sourced from local ingredients.

Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Chef Derek maintains a strong belief in growth, both personally and professionally. He strives to offer an unforgettable culinary experience based on fresh ingredients and innovative flavors. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, watching football and listening to country music.

The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth is honored to welcome Chef Derek to the team, as the staff looks forward to sharing his love of culinary with new and returning guests. From Vidalias, our own authentic Southwestern restaurant, to BarWired, our stylish café, we pride ourselves on combining unique flavors with a passion for regionally sourced dishes.

For more information, or to book a stay at the hotel, guests can call 1-817-870-1000.

About the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

Situated in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel offers a 4-star experience steps away from Sundance Square. Guests can relax and recharge in the thoughtfully outfitted accommodations, all of which boast creature comforts like plush pillowtop mattresses and LCD flat-screen televisions. After a restful night's sleep, travelers can visit the historic Fort Worth Stockyards and the family-friendly Fort Worth Zoo. Nearby dining options abound, as well as Vidalias, the hotel’s signature Southwestern restaurant, and BarWired, a chic onsite coffeehouse. For guests traveling to Fort Worth on business, take advantage of 53,000 square feet of venue space and the hotel’s well-placed location near the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel offers true Texas hospitality with a luxury twist, moments from the area’s most impressive sights.

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