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Insights on Interacting with Busy Executives Meg McDonough, President of Luxury Hospitality Consultants LLC in Sarasota, Florida, is a regular contributor for She recently completed an in-depth interview with the Executive Pastry Chef at one of the best-known hotel brands in the world, and we wanted to share some additional background with our readers on how these interactions come to be. John Hogan, Co-Founder of Interview with Guillaume Marchand Ritz Carlton-Sarasota Hotel The Challenges of a Pastry Chef Q.  Why did you choose Chef Marchand?    I came across his creation of the Gingerbread Mansion while attending the Winefest celebration held in Sarasota. Chef and his team fashioned a built-to-scale edible masterpiece fashioned after the real mansion which John Ringling built for himself and his wife in Sarasota as their winter residence. The home is called Ca d’Zan (“House of John”) and is located on the John and Mable Ringling Museum grounds. The home was also used for the filming of a more recent version of “Great Expectations” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, and Anne Bancroft (to …

Demand vs. Availability

Interview with Michael Durett – Executive Chef Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club Demand vs. Availability While doing some research on chefs who go beyond the farm-to-table modality to taking that extra educated step in bringing a compelling product / vendor to their restaurant, I can appreciate the challenges afforded the novice as well as gourmand appetite for working in the grass-fed beef into their repertoire.