Michael Grande has been named executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, the city’s only Forbes Five-Star property. In this new role, Grande will direct all culinary at the downtown hotel, including catering at the property’s 10,570 square feet of event space, in-room dining for the 147 guest rooms and suites, helming day-to-day operations at signature restaurant Goldfinch Tavern and overseeing seasonal pop-up restaurant and private cabana dining at the outdoor infinity-edge pool.

New to the Pacific Northwest, Grande most recently was the executive chef for Hyatt Regency Sacramento, where he was voted Best Chef by “Sacramento Magazine” three times and won Best Burger in the Sacramento Burger Battle.

“I’m excited to bring my experiences from living around the country creating farm-to-table dishes to Seattle and apply them to the great products of the Pacific Northwest,” says Grande. “Our guests can expect high-quality ingredients prepared in a thoughtful manner that highlights the greatness of this region.”

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

After a hiatus, the Washington County Visitors Association is back in the meetings business. Wendy Popkin will be joining the organization as vice president of destinations on November 1, 2021, to lead the organization’s direct group sales efforts to meeting professional, sports, organizers and travel professionals.

“We are extremely excited to have a leader of Wendy’s caliber joining our organization and are confident that she will bring measurable success to our destination,” says Dave Parulo, president and CEO of the WCVA.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Nigel Boschetti was recently hired as the executive chef of New York Marriott Marquis.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Tyler Alden was recently named the wine director and restaurant outlets manager of Willows Lodge.