It’s no secret that I’ve always loved good food. Our company started out as a root beer stand and I flipped hamburgers throughout my college years. These days, I get to indulge myself by attending regular taste panels hosted by our culinary team at corporate headquarters.
The idea for these taste panels started very simply. In 1994, our culinary team held an in-house cook off to test a chicken product. The event turned out to be so popular, the Executive Taste Panel was born. We hold them every month – and it’s one meeting I really look forward to. Our Corporate Chef Brad Nelson and his team prepare a whole range of dishes for us to sample. As we taste the wonderful food, they fill us in on what’s new and exciting in the culinary world, including food trends, restaurants in development, and other topics. (view video below)
Over the years, the Taste Panel has been the showcase for many of our popular food and beverage programs and the menus of our hotels’ high-profile restaurants, like the JW Steakhouse at London’s Grosvenor House, the LA Market at LA Live in Los Angeles and our new Goji Kitchen concept for Asia. We have a Taste Panel coming up soon that will feature recipes being considered for our newest brand, MOXY HOTELS.
I’d like to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of a place few people get to see – Marriott's test kitchen at corporate headquarters. This video was shot as Brad and his team were getting ready for a recent taste panel. They are an incredible team!
Brad has a knack for getting me to taste things I might not ordinarily try like kale, but he can’t make me like them. I’ve never developed a taste for sushi.
The taste panel is one meeting that will never drop off of my schedule. I love learning about our restaurants and hearing what our customers want in food and beverage. And I sure do love tasting the wonderful food.
What new food concepts and trends do you find interesting?
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.