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Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

333 West Harbor Drive · San Diego, California 92101 USA

Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar

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Chef & Staff Profiles

At the Marina Kitchen, we’ve assembled a culinary team with over 100 years of combined expertise and a truly impressive pedigree.  From a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America , to our Beverage Director who holds an Advanced Sommeliers certification and our General Manger who has helped open and run some of the hottest restaurant concepts in California- our team clearly has a passion for excellence in food and wine.

Aron Schwartz | Executive Chef

Born and raised in San Diego, Chef Aron’s lifetime love of food led him to study at the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated in 1998. During his study, he met his wife Pam Schwartz, a fellow student at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, Chef Aron landed a position as Sous Chef for Charlotte Restaurant, a small food and wine focus restaurant in Lakeville, Connecticut.

 

Shortly thereafter, seeking new opportunities and a wish to expand his experience in the industry, Chef Aron set his sights on Las Vegas where he worked as Sous Chef for French restaurant Lutèce at The Venetian.

 

Following his time in Las Vegas, Chef Aron returned to San Diego to work for Bernard’O Restaurant, where he was Chef. His experience led him to his position now at the San Diego Marriot Marquis & Marina, one of downtown San Diego’s premier luxury hotels. It is here that Chef Aron thrived as Executive Sous Chef of the hotel.

 

Five years later Chef Aron is still with the Marriott and is leading the Marriott Marquis & Marina’s new dining concept, Marina Kitchen, as Executive Chef.

Joshua Orr | Director of Beverage

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Joshua Orr got his start in the wine industry while attending Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California. He worked for Breakaway Wine Tours as well as at a tasting bar for the Edna Valley Vintners Association.

 

Following graduation from Cal Poly, he lived and worked for a year in the famed Burgundy wine region of France. Upon returning from France, Orr moved directly to Las Vegas to begin work as a sommelier at B&B Ristorante in the Venetian Hotel and then at Fiamma Trattoria in the MGM Grand Hotel,as well as passing the first two certifications in the Court of Master Sommeliers.

 

Before joining Marina Kitchen as the Director of Beverage, Orr was the wine director for Vineagogo, a wine company in San Diego. He holds the Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and was awarded the Rudd Scholarship for top honors in the class. He is also certified as a specialist of Sake from the Sake Education Council and holds a bartender's certification through Pernod Ricard’s Bar Smartsprogram.

Michael Miller | General Manager

Michael A. Miller was born in Tucson, Arizona and studied at the University of Arizona on a music scholarship, but always had a “real” job in restaurants. Beginning at the age of 12, Miller began a life long vocation in the industry, bussing tables at the Blue Saguaro steakhouse.Miller left the University of Arizona to move to San Francisco, with the Bobby McGee group of restaurants as a Dining Room Manager.

 

After many years, several openings and a wealth of knowledge, Miller left to pursue a new opportunity with the hottest concept in the 90’s—cigar, pool and craft beer. Miller became the manager for Burlingame Station Brewing Company.This was a short-lived placement, as he quickly met, courted and married his now wife of 17 years, Jennifer Miller. The two quickly picked up and moved to San Diego.

 

It was in San Diego that Miller was hired as the manager for Trophy’s, San Diego’s premier Sports Restaurant and Bar, opening several outlets for the company. In addition to Trophy’s, Miller’s career has led him to open some of the city’s most recognized hot spots, including URI, Royale Brasserie, Lou and Mickey’s and Anthology. Today he brings his skill set as an expert in restaurant launches and management to the Marriott Marquis and Marina’s newest culinary endeavor, Marina Kitchen.

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