Show 193, October 15, 2016: Thomas O’Keefe, C.E.C, Executive Chef, Los Angeles Airport Marriott

Thomas O'KeefeWhen it comes to excitement in food and beverage a large, transient hotel property designed for the business traveler located near Los Angeles International Airport with 985 rooms probably wouldn’t be top of the mind. That assumption would be a mistake as Executive Chef Thomas O’Keefe of the LA Airport Marriott will reveal.

This is a busy Marriott airport property (55,000 square feet of meeting space) that Chef Thomas has made a destination for locals to dine at, too. His three full-service restaurants are JW’s Steakhouse, Latitude 33 (3 meals a day), and Champions Sports Bar. Chef Thomas makes it a point to buy locally when he can.

The beef at JW’s is local premium, true natural, from Brandt Farms. It’s corn fed beef, sustainably raised without hormones or antibiotics. Chef Thomas and his attentive front-of-the-house team built the business of JW’s by pleasing guests one table at a time and giving the locals a reason to come back.

Also all the LAX Airport Marriott restaurants are guest friendly when it comes to parking which can be a hassle around LAX. Diners get 3-hours of free parking with a restaurant validation.

We’ll get an unusual behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen happenings at the L.A. Airport Marriott.