MGM GRAND DETROIT NAMES NEW FOOD & BEVERAGE DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE CHEF
MGM Grand Detroit has named Keith Schofield as Food & Beverage Director and has promoted Alejandro Garza to Assistant Executive Chef. The announcement was made by General Manager Steve Zanella.
In this position, Schofield will oversee the daily operation of retail restaurant and beverage operations, which includes operations, effective strategy design and implementation, marketing and ensuring a high level of guest satisfaction.
The Royal Oak resident opened a deli in West Bloomfield with Matt Prentice in 1989, helping to build the company, Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, as the senior managing partner overseeing five properties. He also oversaw the catering operations of the Hotel Baronette in Novi and The Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills until he left in 2007. In 2008, he was named Director of Food & Beverage Operations at the Townsend Hotel.
“I am very pleased to welcome Keith to the great team that we have at MGM Grand Detroit. He has had a positive impact on Detroit’s culinary community and is bringing great knowledge and experience to our resort,” said Zanella.
Garza spent nine years at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, serving as Executive Sous Chef beginning in 1994. He subsequently went to the nearby Henry Ford Greenfield Village where he worked as a banquet chef before returning to the Ritz as Chef de Cuisine at The Grill Restaurant. In 2009, he joined MGM as Banquet Chef.
As Assistant Executive Chef, Garza will ensure the consistency of MGM Grand Detroit’s food and beverage offerings; supervise all kitchens, emphasizing menu development; and serve as the liaison and overseer between the kitchens, restaurants and stewards, amongst his other responsibilities within the resort.
“Chef Garza has put his heart and soul into MGM Grand Detroit’s food and beverage department. This promotion was very well deserved,” added Zanella.
The Dearborn resident received a culinary arts certification from Schoolcraft College.
MGM Grand Detroit operates three signature restaurants: TAP at MGM Grand Detroit, Wolfgang Puck Steak, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina and two casual dining options: Palette Dining Studio and Breeze Dining Court.
About MGM Grand Detroit
The only Forbes Four Star hotel and spa in Southeast Michigan and AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests enjoy signature restaurants; two by world-renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck and the property¹s own sports pub, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit; casual dining options; lounges such as a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; and the only resort-style spa in Southeast Michigan. More than 30,000 square feet of meeting space hosts everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie affairs. MGM Grand Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit www.mgmgranddetroit.com or call toll free at (888) 646-3387.