Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa Appoints New Food & Beverage Director
Veteran hospitality executive and celebrity chef joins award-winning Tucson resort
Tucson, Ariz. (June 4, 2012) – Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa today announced the appointment of Jonathan Kastner to the position of Food & Beverage Director. Kastner brings over 36 years of extensive food, beverage and hospitality experience to his new role managing all dining operations at the award-winning Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa.
In this position, Kastner will be responsible for the coordination and supervision of all on-property food and beverage operations, ensuring consistent high-quality products and service levels at the resort’s two on-site restaurants – the award-winning GOLD and the Lookout Bar & Grille – as well as the Monsoon Café, which serves coffee and light fare; Oasis, the resort’s poolside bar; banquets and meetings; and room service. Kastner will work with the resort’s executive team to develop restaurant, beverage and banquet menus and will lead the food and beverage team’s efforts to continually improve guest satisfaction and grow the department’s performance.
Kastner comes to Tucson most recently from Kingston, Jamaica, where he worked as Director of Food and Beverage at the Wyndham Kingston Jamaica, a 303- room upscale hotel located in the heart of the city’s financial district.
Kastner studied the restaurant and hospitality industry in the U.S. and internationally, working his way from the back of the house to the front. He owned his own restaurant in Virginia Beach, Va., for three years. In 1995, Kastner became regional food and beverage director for Sunburst Hospitality and established the Golden Pheasant, a catering and special event company.
Kastner’s background also includes working as a private chef for celebrities and notable families, developing forward-thinking restaurant concepts and opening upscale dining establishments across the United States, many in conjunction with luxury resorts and independent hotels.
As a result of his breadth of experience and reputation for implementing into his work the highest food and beverage standards, Kastner was selected to attend the invitationonly Greystone Flavor Summit in 2009 and 2010, co-presented by the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and Food Arts magazine. The Greystone Flavor Summit brings together a select group of top food and beverage executives, corporate and executive chefs and other experts in American foodservice and hospitality to explore, discuss and taste their way through a stimulating, critical set of flavor and related kitchen and dining management issues.
“We’re very pleased to have Jonathan as part of our team, and we look forward to the new and exciting ideas he’ll bring to the table,” said Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa General Manager David Yamada.
ABOUT WESTWARD LOOK WYNDHAM GRAND RESORT & SPA
Westward Look Resort is set in the foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains on 80 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert. It offers 244 suite-sized rooms, two award-winning restaurants, a chef's garden, the Sonoran Spa, eight tennis courts, desert hiking trails, on-site stables for horseback riding and multiple pools. Since 2010, the resort has been named an AAA Four Diamond Award® recipient each year, which honors the hotel for its commitment to excellence throughout the entire property, including GOLD restaurant, the resort's extensive array of amenities, guest services and attention to detail. More information is available at 1-800-722-2500 and www.westwardlook.com.