Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Executive Chef Receives 2006 Marriott International Award of Culinary Excellence (ACE)

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Myk Banas, Executive Chef at the 1,196-room Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile recently received the 2006 Marriott International Award of Culinary Excellence (ACE).

Myk Banas, Executive Chef at the 1,196-room Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile recently received the 2006 Marriott International Award of Culinary Excellence (ACE). It is through his commitment, dedication and creativity that Chef Myk Banas received the highest degree of recognition by Marriott International.

Banas, head Chef of Ventoso, the hotel's Chicago restaurant, began his Marriott culinary career in 1994 at the Hickory Ridge Conference Center following his training at Joliet Junior College. A native of Chicago, he joined the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile last April and since that time, he created a unique venue to display the diverse array of tantalizing culinary options available. His very own Chef Myk's Office Slideshow is an exclusive presentation designed for prospective clients while dining alongside the Chef. He brings to the screen and to life extraordinary examples of culinary creations that were customized to suit each client's respective needs.

Judges review and score ACE nominations based on six criteria to include measurable improvement in overall dining; outstanding achievement in culinary excellence; creativity and innovation; training of others; leadership; and personal development. Banas will join the other distinguished award recipients in Boston this September for a culinary excursion through New England.

About the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
This downtown Chicago hotel soars 46 stories into the city skyline and boasts contemporary yet comfortable accommodations. Situated on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile among world-famous shopping, Chicago restaurants, and entertainment, this luxurious hotel is within walking distance to Navy Pier, American Girl Place, the Theater and Museum Districts, as well as many other top Windy City attractions. Recently renovated hotel rooms offer stunning city views and stylish upgrades, including flat screen TVs, Marriott s Revive® bedding, and ergonomic chairs with sleek, modern desks. Ventoso Restaurant features inspired Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list in a casual atmosphere. With 60,000 sq. ft. of versatile event space, this Chicago luxury hotel creates the perfect setting for a business meeting or social gathering. Experience a downtown Chicago hotel Beyond Magnificent at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. For more information, call (800) 228-9290 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chidt-chicago-marriott-downtown-magnificent-mile/.

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