Delightfully Delicious: Waterford Marriott Hires Two New Blue Fire Grille Chefs and New General Manager

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The Waterford Marriott Hotel is proud to announce the hiring of two amazing new chefs to the staff at Blue Fire Grille, as well as a new General Manager.

The Waterford Marriott Hotel is proud to announce the hiring of two amazing new chefs to the staff at Blue Fire Grille, as well as a new General Manager.

Ian Wagner and Francis Silva both already had a strong local presence in the Oklahoma City area, and Blue Fire Grill is excited to preserve their high regards.

Chet Surmaczewicz is now the General Manager of the esteemed Waterford Marriott Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK. He transferred from the Intercontinental in Kansas City, where he was the Director of Operations. With over twenty five years of industry experience in key management roles at distinguished properties such as the Ritz, Surmaczewicz brings invaluable expertise to his position at this luxurious Oklahoma hotel.    

Ian Wagner, now the Chef at Blue Fire Grille, comes from The Deep Fork Restaurant Group, which is one of the most popular restaurant circles in town. Wagner has a wide local following through his past experience and charity work throughout Oklahoma City. Trained at New England Culinary Institute with a 4.0 GPA, his work experience spans a number of The Deep Fork Groups restaurants including Deep Fork Grill and Red Moon Café & Bakery. He has won over six prestigious Oklahoma City awards and is sure to be a fabulous addition to the hotel restaurant.

Francis Silva, the new Sous Chef of Blue Fire Grille brings with him 22 years in the culinary industry. His past experience spans from owning All American Eats, a mobile food booth which seasonally catered to festivals, sporting events and tournaments and shows. He also has a vast array of experience at hotels and casinos including Wynn Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and at Louis Steakhouse within Sheraton Hotel & Casino. With his expertise spanning from the kettle and steamers to soups and sauces, Silva is quickly becoming an invaluable member of The Blue Fire team.

The Waterford Marriott Hotel and Blue Fire Grille & Lounge are situated just south of the exclusive Nichols Hill neighborhood, which features upscale local boutiques and eateries that perfectly complement the Waterford.

Blue Fire Grille serves as the hotel's prominent Oklahoma City restaurant, boasting succulent Southwest Plains cuisine in a sophisticated setting. As an acclaimed Oklahoma seafood and steakhouse, they are currently creating refreshingly new lunch and dinner menus to satisfy the changing tastes of their guests. Offering a daily lunch special of a combination soup and salad plate for an unbeatable $5.95, including beverage, Blue Fire Grille will offer a remarkable new array of menu options positioned to please even the most critical palette. The chic Blue Fire Lounge is highlighted by their signature cocktails and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. A trendy restaurant alternative when looking to spice up pre-dinner plans or a relaxing nightcap.

Please help The Waterford Marriott Hotel in welcoming Ian Wagner, Francis Silva and Chet Surmaczewicz to the legendary hotel and culinary staff, and come see for yourself how satisfying The Blue Fire Grille can be.

About The Waterford Marriott:
A signature arrival presentation of warm woods, delicate interior detailing and glowing candles enriches the historic Waterford Marriott Hotel. Treasure a blend of traditional architecture and modern amenities that create an exceptional Oklahoma City, OK hotel experience with fabulous accommodations featuring plush bedding and spectacular skyline views. A unique location just south of the exclusive Nichols Hills neighborhood is fitting for this boutique hotel, situated minutes from the airport and downtown business district. Guests are showered by superior selection with five area golf courses, a variety of sensual spa treatments and succulently irresistible dishes prepared by Blue Fire Grille & Lounge culinary experts. Savory, creative catering menus compliment business functions and banquet events at this exquisite Oklahoma City hotel that dedicates 12,000 square feet to such engagements. If it needs to be special, it needs to be at the Waterford Marriott Hotel. For more information or to make a reservation call 405-848-4782 or visit

  • The Blue Fire Grille is open during the following hours: Breakfast - Mon.-Fri. - 6:30am to 11am, Sat.-Sun. - 7am to 11am; Lunch - 11am to 2pm daily; Dinner -Mon.-Thurs. - 5pm to 10pm, Fri.-Sat. - 5pm to 11pm, Sun.- closed; Sunday Brunch 11am to 2pm; Happy Hour in the lounge - 4pm-6pm.


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