Jesse McDannell
Executive Chef Jesse McDannell

As the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa continues its big remodel, part of the plan is to bring in top culinary talent. In early March it was announced that the resort partnered with Celebrity Chef Richard Blais to open 6 new concepts at the resort, now the resort has announced it hired Jesse McDannell to oversee the resort’s restaurants and other culinary outlets as Executive Chef.

McDannell is no stranger to Hyatt hotels and resorts having worked his way through the ranks in kitchens in Atlanta, Park City, San Antonio and other locations throughout the company. The New York native started his career with Hyatt in 2006 after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. The son of an Army Officer, McDannell traveled the world as a child and got his first kitchen job as a short order cook at the West Point Golf Course at the Military Academy at West Point.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jesse McDannell to the incredible team at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale,” said Lance Marrin, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. “Jesse’s extensive experience working in the hospitality industry paired with his passion for creating unforgettable dining experiences and his focus on guiding and supporting his team, makes him an invaluable asset to our team. We look forward to seeing his vision come to life during this exciting new chapter for our hotel.”
McDannell will also work with Hyatt Corporate offices to mentor and help young chefs helping them fulfill careers at Hyatt through their “Mentoring Our Future” series. “I am honored to be selected as the Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa during this exciting time,” said Jesse McDannell. “I look forward to taking my experience and utilizing my skill set to effectively transition the hotel to a Grand Hyatt while keeping the values and culture that has been established by so many talented leaders that have paved the way. I am committed to fostering an environment of growth and development and to assist in getting the future leaders of hospitality prepared for their next roles. I’m also excited to live in and explore our amazing landscapes, outdoor opportunities, and unique climate of Arizona.”

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